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Title: University assistants' conceptions about knowledge, learning and instruction
Authors: Buelens, Herman ×
Clement, Mieke
Clarebout, Geraldine #
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Series Title: Research in education vol:67 pages:44-47
Abstract: Conceptions about knowledge and learning have been described as linked together. However, they have typically been examined and described among a student population, whereas conceptions about instruction have mainly been studied by questioning teachers. It therefore remains unclear whether conceptions of knowledge and learning will correspond with conceptions of instruction. This study aimed at filling this gap. A thirty-item questionnaire was constructed and administered to 121 first and second-year research and teaching university assistants. The results show that respondents held a `relative' rather than an `absolute' conception of knowledge, a `meaning-oriented' rather than a `reproduction-oriented' conception of learning and a `student-oriented' rather than a `teacher-centred' conception of instruction. Furthermore, a distinct pattern of correlations between all three conceptions was obtained. The implications of the findings with regard to conceptual change and development are discussed.
ISSN: 0034-5237
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Educational Development (-)
Education and Training
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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