Pre-service teachers’ epistemic perspectives about philosophy in the classroom : it is not a bunch of ‘hippie stuff’

Brownlee, Joanne, Curtis, Elizabeth M., Davey Chesters, Sarah, Cobb-Moore, Charlotte, Spooner-Lane, Rebecca S., Whiteford, Chrystal, & Tait, Gordon (2014) Pre-service teachers’ epistemic perspectives about philosophy in the classroom : it is not a bunch of ‘hippie stuff’. Teachers and Teaching : Theory and Practice, 20(2), pp. 170-188.

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Using epistemic perspectives as a theoretical framework, this study investigated Australian pre-service teachers’ perspectives about knowing, knowledge and children’s learning, as they engaged in a semester-long unit on philosophy in the classroom. During the field experience component of the unit, pre-service teachers were required to teach at least one philosophy lesson. Pre-service teachers completed the Personal Epistemological Beliefs Survey at the beginning and end of the unit. They were also interviewed in focus groups at the end of the semester to investigate their views about children’s learning. Paired sample t-tests were used to explore changes in epistemic beliefs over time. Significant differences were found for only some individual items on the survey. However, when interviewed, pre-service teachers indicated that field experiences helped them consider children as competent ‘thinkers’ who were capable of engaging in philosophy in the classroom. They reported predominantly student-centred perspectives of children’s learning, although a process of adjudication (exploring disagreements and evidence for responses) was lacking in these responses.

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ID Code: 69348
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: philosophy in the classroom, epistemic beliefs, personal epistemology, pre-service teachers, perspectives of children's learning
DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2013.848565
ISSN: 1470-1278
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 03:02

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