ERIC Number: EJ1071132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
Elementary and Middle School Students' Conceptions of Knowledge, Information, and Truth
Grossnickle, Emily M.; List, Alexandra; Alexander, Patricia A.
Journal of Experimental Education, v83 n4 p469-494 2015
Although the study of epistemic beliefs has received growing interest in the past decades, this research tends to focus on high school and undergraduate students, and does not address beliefs about information and truth, concepts that have been regarded as critical for learners in 21st-century educational contexts. In this study, the authors examined 87 elementary and middle school students' beliefs about the definitions of and relations among knowledge, information, and truth through the use of a graphical and justification task, and addressed the consistency of beliefs across contexts and domains. Results indicated that students tended to regard knowledge, information, and truth as interrelated, and the majority of students described their beliefs as consistent across contexts and domains.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Ethics, Knowledge Level, Epistemology, Concept Formation, Coding, Classification, Information Skills, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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