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Title: Epistemic dimensions of students’ mathematics-related belief systems
Authors: Op ’t Eynde, P ×
De Corte, Erik
Verschaffel, Lieven #
Issue Date: 2006
Series Title: International Journal of Educational Research vol:45 pages:57-70
Abstract: Over the years, research on students’ epistemological beliefs has resulted in a growing common understanding but there are still some major points of discussion. Especially, the lack of consensus on the context-general and/or context-specific nature of epistemological beliefs deserves our attention.
We argue that research in the field today is mainly characterized by a top-down approach that investigates students’ domain-specific beliefs from a general epistemological perspective. Alternatively, we report on one of our studies as well as some other research that takes a bottom-up approach starting from students’ domain-specific belief systems and analyzing their epistemic
dimensions. Results of these studies point to the highly domain-specific nature of students’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing. Therefore, a conceptual distinction between students’ general epistemological beliefs and the epistemic dimensions of domain-related belief systems is recommended as a more appropriate way to address the context-general–context-specific discussion on epistemological beliefs.
Description: 01
ISSN: 0883-0355
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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