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Personal epistemology in pre-service teachers : belief changes throughout a teacher education course

Walker, Sue, Brownlee, Joanne M., Exley, Beryl E., Woods, Annette, & Whiteford, Chrystal (2011) Personal epistemology in pre-service teachers : belief changes throughout a teacher education course. In Brownlee, J., Schraw, G., & Berthelsen, D. (Eds.) Personal Epistemology and Teacher Education. Routledge, New York, pp. 85-99.

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    Abstract

    Classrooms of the 21st century are complex systems. They support diverse learners from varied contexts and function in a “messy” bricolage of policy contexts. This complexity is also evident in the nature of teaching and learning deployed in these classrooms. There is also, in current contexts, a general expectation that teachers will support students to construct, rather than simply receive knowledge. This process of constructing knowledge requires a focus on critical thinking in complex social and real world contexts (see also Elen & Clarebout, 2001; Yang, Chang & Hsu 2008). Critical thinking, which involves the identification and evaluation of multiple perspectives when making decisions, is a process of knowing – a tool of wisdom (Kuhn & Udell, 2001). Schommer-Aikens, Bird and Bakken (2010) refer to classrooms that encourage critical thinking as “epistemologically based” in which “the teacher encourages his/her students to look for connections among concepts within the text, with their prior knowledge, and with concepts found in the world beyond themselves” (p. 48).

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    ID Code: 34139
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: HERN
    ISBN: 9780415883566
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
    Divisions: 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 2010 Please consult the authors.
    Deposited On: 17 Aug 2010 11:45
    Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 11:04

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