A longitudinal study of change in preservice teachers’ personal epistemologies

Walker, Sue, Brownlee, Joanne M., Whiteford, Chrystal, Exley, Beryl E., & Woods, Annette F. (2012) A longitudinal study of change in preservice teachers’ personal epistemologies. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(5), pp. 24-35.

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There is strong evidence to show that beliefs about knowing and knowledge held by individuals (personal epistemologies) influence preservice teachers’ learning strategies and learning outcomes (Muis, 2004). However, we know very little about how preservice teachers’ personal epistemologies change as they progress through their teacher education programs. This study investigated changes in personal epistemology and beliefs about learning for a group of preservice teachers as they progressed through the four years of a Bachelor of Education degree. Preservice teachers completed the Epistemological Beliefs Survey (EBS, Kardash & Wood, 2000) when they commenced their course (Time 1) when they were in the 3rd year of their course (Time 2) and then again in the final year of their degree (Time 3). Findings indicated that there were significant changes in preservice teachers’ personal epistemologies between course entry and the final year of their course across all but one of the dimensions measured. Results are discussed in terms of the implications for teaching and teacher education.

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ID Code: 50581
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Personal Epistemology, Preservice teachers, Teacher Education, HERN
ISSN: 0313-5373
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 > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
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 2012 Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Deposited On: 24 May 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 07:38

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