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ERIC Number: EJ1198033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1449-5554
Internet-Based Epistemic Beliefs, Engagement in Online Activities, and Intention for Constructivist ICT Integration among Pre-Service Teachers
Lee, Yuan-Hsuan
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v34 n5 p120-134 2018
This study investigated pre-service teachers' epistemic beliefs about the Internet using the Inventory of Internet-Based Epistemic Beliefs (IBEB). Also examined were their belief profiles to delineate the effect of IBEB on pre-service teachers' engagement in online reading activities and intention for ICT integration for constructivist learning activities. Participants were 474 teacher education students in Taiwan. Results revealed the four hypothesised constructs -- structure, uncertainty, source, and justification for Internet knowledge -- with good validity and reliability. Four epistemic belief groups were derived based on these constructs; and they exhibited differential effects on the validating variables. Cluster 1 was characterised by four positive epistemic beliefs (the "positive beliefs"), Cluster 2 by four negative epistemic beliefs (the "negative beliefs"), Cluster 3 by modest scores of the epistemic beliefs (the "modest beliefs"), and Cluster 4 by positive uncertainty and justification scores as well as negative structure and source scores (the "high justification" and "uncertainty"). Findings suggest that intervention targeting pre-service teachers in the "negative beliefs" and the "modest beliefs" may be necessary to foster positive epistemic beliefs for better constructivist learning in the online environment.
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan