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ERIC Number: EJ836658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
Trainers Beliefs about Knowledge and Learning--A Pilot Study
Muller, Sarah; Rebmann, Karin; Liebsch, Elisabeth
European Journal of Vocational Training, v45 n3 p90-108 2008
Epistemological beliefs are personal beliefs about knowledge and the acquisition of knowledge. As subjective theories about knowledge and learning, they have the function of directing and controlling actions and are, therefore, highly relevant to teaching and learning processes. Numerous empirical studies focus on the epistemological beliefs of students; the beliefs of teachers and business training personnel have so far been neglected. This contribution presents the results of a pilot study conducted with 52 business trainers. Using a questionnaire ("Epistemic Belief Inventory"), epistemological beliefs were recorded and evaluated by factor analysis. Four dimensions of knowledge and learning could be empirically demonstrated: speed and control of learning processes and source and structure/certainty of knowledge. The degree of markedness or development of the dimensions is generally in the mean area. However, significant differences can be demonstrated between people at the start of their careers and older trainers. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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