Exploratory study of epistemological beliefs of Hong Kong teacher education students: Resolving conceptual and empirical issues

Kwok Wai CHAN, Robert G. ELLIOTT

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Abstract

A survey study was conducted to investigate the epistemological beliefs of 352 student teachers of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Schommer's 63-item questionnaire was used in the survey study with Schommer's 12 conceptual subscales as variables in Principal Axis Factoring (PAF) analysis followed by varimax and oblimin rotation. Three factors were generated with an eigen value of 1.00 as cut-off. Some features distinct from Schommer's studies were identified. The three factors were complex, with two to three subscales representing different dimensions loaded together. The subscale concerned with Omniscient Authority, which was not reported in Schommer's findings, substantively loaded in one of the factors. Social-cultural factors were suggested to account for the apparent differences in factor structure obtained in this study, with implications drawn for teacher education. Revision of Schommer's questionnaire was suggested to study epistemological beliefs for local context. Copyright © 2000 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-234
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000

Citation

Chan, K.-W., & Elliott, R. G. (2000). Exploratory study of epistemological beliefs of Hong Kong teacher education students: Resolving conceptual and empirical issues. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 28(3), 225-234.

Keywords

  • Knowledge
  • Theory of education
  • Student teachers

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