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The first year university experience : using personal epistemology to understand effective learning and teaching in higher education

Brownlee, Joanne M., Walker, Sue, Lennox, Sandra P., Exley, Beryl E., & Pearce, Sharyn M. (2009) The first year university experience : using personal epistemology to understand effective learning and teaching in higher education. Higher Education, 58(5), pp. 599-618.

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Abstract

Personal epistemological beliefs, or beliefs about knowing, provide a way in which to understand learning in a range of educational contexts because they are considered to act as filters for all other knowledge and beliefs. In particular, they provide a useful framework for investigating learning and teaching for first year students in tertiary education, who are typically considered to hold less sophisticated epistemological beliefs. Using semi-structured interviews, this study investigated the nature of beliefs about knowing and learning of 35 first year teacher education and creative writing students at a large metropolitan university in Australia. The interview analysis indicated that a relationship existed between individuals’ core beliefs about knowing and their beliefs about learning. This relationship has implications for the way in which we support first year students’ learning as they transition into university and progress through their courses.

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ID Code: 19541
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Effective learning and teaching, First year experience, Personal epistemology, Tertiary Education, Transition into University, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s10734-009-9212-2
ISSN: 0018-1560
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2009 11:47
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 13:55

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