The structure and nature of epistemological beliefs: Implications from literature review and syntheses of research findings

Kwok Wai CHAN

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Abstract

This paper examines the structure and nature of epistemological beliefs through literature review and synthesis of research findings. Previously reported studies conducted in the United States, Chile, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan were analyzed and compared in terms of the cultural values across differing contexts, methodologies and results. Subsequently, a plausible structure of epistemological beliefs was proposed to cater for varied epistemological belief dimensions identified in different contexts. Further, the nature of epistemological beliefs, whether beliefs are domain dependent or independent; and their relation with approaches to learning and conceptions about teaching and learning were discussed and implications were drawn for the future direction of research. Copyright © 2006 Hong Kong Psychological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-161
JournalJournal of Psychology in Chinese Societies
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Chan, K.-W. (2006). The structure and nature of epistemological beliefs: Implications from literature review and syntheses of research findings. Journal of Psychology in Chinese Societies, 7(1), 141-161.

Keywords

  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)