An investigation of teacher education students’ epistemological beliefs: Developing a relational model of teaching

Brownlee, Joanne M. (2004) An investigation of teacher education students’ epistemological beliefs: Developing a relational model of teaching. Research in Education, 72, pp. 1-18.


A teaching program based on relational pedagogy (Baxter Magolda, 1993a) was implemented to foster the development of epistemological beliefs in 29 pre-service teacher education students at a large metropolitan university in Australia. Epistemological beliefs are those personally held beliefs about the nature and structure of knowing. The students were interviewed in relation to their epistemological beliefs at the beginning (Time 1) and conclusion (Time 2) of the teaching program. The results of the qualitative data analysis indicated that students described more sophisticated relational epistemological beliefs over time. This finding is important given that teachers with relativistic epistemological beliefs are more likely to conceive of teaching as a transformative (constructivist) rather than transmissive. The perceived success of the teaching program has implications for the development of a relational teaching model in teacher education courses.

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ID Code: 1058
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 0034-5237
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Manchester University Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:03

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