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ERIC Number: EJ768330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0361-476X
Epistemological Beliefs, School Achievement, and College Major: A Large-Scale Longitudinal Study on the Impact of Certainty Beliefs
Trautwein, Ulrich; Ludtke, Oliver
Contemporary Educational Psychology, v32 n3 p348-366 Jul 2007
Epistemological beliefs are subjective theories on the structure and acquisition of knowledge. Using data collected in the final year of high school (Time 1) and early in the college career (Time 2) as part of a large-scale longitudinal study, we examined the relationship of beliefs in the certainty of knowledge with school achievement and choice of college majors in Germany. In line with our hypothesis, students high on certainty beliefs showed lower school achievement at Time 1, even when controlling for indicators of intelligence and family background. Certainty beliefs also predicted the choice of future fields of study at college (self-selection hypothesis) and were shaped by enrolment in specific fields of study at college (socialization hypothesis).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany