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ERIC Number: EJ924375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
Teacher Beliefs: The Impact of the Design of Constructivist Learning Environments on Instructor Epistemologies
Marra, Rose
Learning Environments Research, v8 n2 p135-155 May 2005
Promoting student epistemological development is seen as a goal of higher education. Further, the epistemological beliefs of instructors have been shown to affect their teaching beliefs and behaviors. Some argue that only when instructors are epistemologically advanced will they be able to engage in pedagogical activities that encourage student epistemological development. This study examines the impact of the design of constructivist learning environments on university instructors' epistemological belief systems. Constructivist learning environments are technology-based environments that present learners with authentic problems, that are supported by cases similar to the problem being posed, and learning-support strategies such as modeling, coaching, and scaffolding. Instructors' epistemologies might be impacted by engaging in constructivist learning environment design because the process requires instructors to think about their discipline in non-traditional ways. Results of this qualitative inquiry suggests that instructors who are in a zone of "readiness" for intellectual growth could experience epistemological growth from this experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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