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ERIC Number: EJ913129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Do Students' Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing Predict Their Judgement of Texts' Trustworthiness?
Stromso, Helge Ivar; Braten, Ivar; Britt, M. Anne
Educational Psychology, v31 n2 p177-206 Mar 2011
We examined whether epistemic beliefs predict students' evaluation of documents. Undergraduates read two texts on climate change. Participants judged the trustworthiness of each text and then indicated the criteria for their rating. We found that readers who believe strongly in relying on personal interpretations rather than on authorities trusted both documents less and used the document's content or their own opinion as criteria for judging trustworthiness. We also found that readers who believe that knowledge claims should be critically evaluated through logic and rules rated the science text as more trustworthy and used the criteria of their own opinion, author and content more than readers who believe in relying on their own experiences. These effects hold true while controlling for readers' prior knowledge and text comprehensibility. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway