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ERIC Number: EJ1162443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
Personal Epistemologies of Statisticians in Academia: An Exploratory Study
Diamond, Aurel H.; Stylianides, Andreas J.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p335-361 Nov 2017
In this exploratory study, we investigated the personal epistemologies of statisticians in academia with the aim of offering some insight into what might be an availing epistemology for learning statistics. Findings from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with six academics in the UK currently researching within the field of statistics showed that their statistical personal epistemologies were consistent with constructivist theories of learning. Based on these findings, we proposed an integrated model to represent participants' beliefs about knowledge and knowing in statistics. Furthermore, we found differences between participants' mathematical and statistical personal epistemologies, and we offered an argument for domain-specificity of personal epistemologies. The implications of our findings for research in statistics education and statistical misconceptions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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