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ERIC Number: EJ837988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Investigating Epistemological Beliefs in Vocational Education for Child Care Workers: New Ways of Thinking about Learning and Training
Brownlee, Jo; Berthelsen, Donna; Dunbar, Stephanie; Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; McGahey, Pam
Australian Educational Researcher, v35 n3 p135-153 Dec 2008
Epistemological beliefs (beliefs about knowing and knowledge) have provided interesting insights into effective teaching and learning in higher education over the last 30 years. However, to date, little research has taken place in regard to teaching and learning in the technical and further education (TAFE) context in Australia Seventeen 1st and 2nd year child care students studying for a Diploma in Children's Services were interviewed about the nature of their epistemological beliefs. The findings revealed new ways of thinking about evaluativistic beliefs, described as "practical evaluativism". These beliefs may have implications for the way in which students evaluate theory and practice for implementation in their own child care practice. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia