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ERIC Number: EJ901114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
The Structural Relationship between Students' Epistemological Beliefs and Conceptions of Teaching and Learning
Otting, Hans; Zwaal, Wichard; Tempelaar, Dirk; Gijselaers, Wim
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n7 p741-760 Nov 2010
The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between students' epistemological beliefs and conceptions of teaching and learning. The results showed that the epistemological beliefs dimension "learning effort/process" was positively related to the constructivist conception of teaching and learning, and negatively related to the traditional conception of teaching and learning, indicating that students recognize the importance of self-directed learning. The relationships that were established between the "expert knowledge" dimension of epistemological beliefs and the conceptions of teaching and learning show that students who do not believe in teachers as a main source of expertise tend to have constructivist conceptions of teaching and learning. Moreover, a positive relationship was found between the "certainty of knowledge" dimension and the traditional conception of teaching and learning. These findings are in line with a constructivist philosophy of education and the principles of problem-based learning. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands