ERIC Number: EJ901895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
When Law Students Read Multiple Documents about Global Warming: Examining the Role of Topic-Specific Beliefs about the Nature of Knowledge and Knowing
Braten, Ivar; Stromso, Helge I.
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v38 n6 p635-657 Nov 2010
In this study, law students (n = 49) read multiple authentic documents presenting conflicting information on the topic of climate change and responded to verification tasks assessing their superficial as well as their deeper-level within- and across-documents comprehension. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed that even after variance associated with readers' prior knowledge about the topic was accounted for, their epistemic beliefs related to the simplicity of knowledge and the justification for knowing about climate change uniquely predicted their comprehension performance. The findings are interpreted with reference to the strong emphasis on multiple-documents literacy in the law degree program.
Descriptors: Law Students, Prior Learning, Climate, Epistemology, Beliefs, Student Attitudes, Comprehension, Multiple Regression Analysis, Predictor Variables, Information Literacy, Learning Processes
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