Personal Epistemology in the Classroom: Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice

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Perosnal epistemology is the study of beliefs associated with knowledge and knowing. A large body of theory and research in personal epistemology has been dedicated to college students, but rarely have the epistemic beliefs of children, adolescents, and their teachers been thoroughly examined. This book incorporates both theoretical and empirical work pertaining to personal epistemology as it specifically relates to learning and instruction. Bringing together leading research on preschool through high school students' personal epistemology, it re-examines existing conceptual frameworks, introduces new models, provides as empirical foundation for learning and instruction, and considers broader educational implications. In addition, the contributors stress how personal epistemology issues in the classroom need to be more carefully investigated and understood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521883559
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa D. Bendixen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Florian C. Feucht is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the Judith Herb College of Education, University of Toledo.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Introduction 1

1 Personal epistemology in the classroom: a welcome and guide for the reader Florian C. Feucht Feucht, Florian C. Lisa D. Bendixen Bendixen, Lisa D. 3

Pt. II Frameworks and conceptual issues 29

2 Manifestations of an epistemological belief system in preschool to grade twelve classrooms Marlene Schommer-Aikins Schommer-Aikins, Marlene Mary Bird Bird, Mary Linda Bakken Bakken, Linda 31

3 Epistemic climate in elementary classrooms Florian C. Feucht Feucht, Florian C. 55

4 The integrative model of personal epistemology development: theoretical underpinnings and implications for education Deanna C. Rule Rule, Deanna C. Lisa D. Bendixen Bendixen, Lisa D. 94

5 An epistemic framework for scientific reasoning in informal contexts Fang-Ying Yang Yang, Fang-Ying Chin-Chung Tsai Tsai, Chin-Chung 124

6 Who knows what and who can we believe? Epistemological beliefs are beliefs about knowledge (mostly) to be attained from others Rainer Bromme Bromme, Rainer Dorothe Kienhues Kienhues, Dorothe Torsten Porsch Porsch, Torsten 163

Pt. III Students' personal epistemology, its development, and its relation to learning 195

7 Stalking young persons' changing beliefs about belief Michael J. Chandler Chandler, Michael J. Travis Proulx Proulx, Travis 197

8 Epistemological development in very young knowers Leah K. Wildenger Wildenger, Leah K. Barbara K. Hofer Hofer, Barbara K. Jean E. Burr Burr, Jean E. 220

9 Beliefs about knowledge and revision of knowledge: on the importance of epistemic beliefs for intentional conceptual change in elementary and middle school students Lucia Mason Mason, Lucia 258

10 The reflexive relation between students' mathematics-related beliefs and the mathematics classroom culture Erik De Corte De Corte, Erik Peter Op 'T Eynde Eynde, Peter Op 'T Fien Depaepe Depaepe, Fien Lieven Verschaffel Verschaffel, Lieven 292

11 Examining the influence of epistemic beliefs and goal orientations on the academic performance of adolescent students enrolled in high-poverty, high-minority schools P. Karen Murphy Murphy, P. Karen Michelle M. Buehl Buehl, Michelle M. Jill A. Zeruth Zeruth, Jill A. Maeghan N. Edwards Edwards, Maeghan N. Joyce F. Long Long, Joyce F. Shinichi Monoi Monoi, Shinichi 328

12 Using cognitive interviewing to explore elementary and secondary school students' epistemic and ontological cognition Jeffrey A. Greene Greene, Jeffrey A. Judith Torney-Purta Torney-Purta, Judith Roger Azevedo Azevedo, Roger Jane Robertson Robertson, Jane 368

Pt. IV Teachers' personal epistemology and its impact on classroom teaching 407

13 Epistemological resources and framing: a cognitive framework for helping teachers interpret and respond to their students' epistemologies Andrew Elby Elby, Andrew David Hammer Hammer, David 409

14 The effects of teachers' beliefs on elementary students' beliefs, motivation, and achievement in mathematics Krista R. Muis Muis, Krista R. Michael J. Foy Foy, Michael J. 435

15 Teachers' articulation of beliefs about teaching knowledge: conceptualizing a belief framework Helenrose Fives Fives, Helenrose Michelle M. Buehl Buehl, Michelle M. 470

16 Beyond epistemology: assessing teachers' epistemological and ontological worldviews Lori Olafson Olafson, Lori Gregory Schraw Schraw, Gregory 516

Pt. V Conclusion 553

17 Personal epistemology in the classroom: what does research and theory tell us and where do we need to go next? Lisa D. Bendixen Bendixen, Lisa D. Florian C. Feucht Feucht, Florian C. 555

Index 587

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