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Epistemological beliefs in pre-service teacher education students

Brownlee, Joanne M. (2001) Epistemological beliefs in pre-service teacher education students. Higher Education Research and Development, 20(3), pp. 281-291.

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Abstract

This study investigated the nature of pre-service teacher education students’ epistemological beliefs or beliefs about knowing. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-nine students at QUT using an interview schedule similar to that used by Belenky et al. (1986). The interviews took place at the end of a year-long Graduate Diploma in Teacher Education course and were analysed using a descriptive-interpretative approach to data analysis. This means that although categories of beliefs emerged from the data, the descriptions of these categories were influenced by the epistemological beliefs literature. The interview analysis showed that, as a group, students’ beliefs ranged from naïve beliefs in the reception of absolute truths to more sophisticated beliefs in the construction of reasoned truths. These categories were similar to those described by Perry (1970), Belenky et al. (1986) and Baxter Magolda (1993). The categories of beliefs were also analysed in terms of structural aspects using the SOLO (Structure of Learning Outcomes) (Biggs & Collis, 1982, 1989) taxonomy as a guide. This part of the analysis was concerned with investigating how students’ responses were organised or structured.

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ID Code: 1067
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360120108377
ISSN: 1469-8366
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 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Higher Education Research and Development 20(3):pp. 281-291.
Deposited On: 17 May 2005
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 11:03

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