Examining the dual nature of epistemological beliefs

  • Buehl M
  • Alexander P
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Abstract

With respect to the specificity and structure of epistemological beliefs, we contend that beliefs about knowledge are reflective of the multidimensional, multilayered, and interactive nature of knowledge. Here we present a model of the nested and reciprocal relations between domain-general and domain-specific epistemological beliefs. Additionally, we present evidence in support of three claims related to that model. Those claims are that domain-specific beliefs: (a) emerge when beliefs are assessed at a more precise level; (b) are differentially related to motivation; and (c) develop from more general beliefs. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Michelle M. Buehl

  • Patricia A. Alexander

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