Research Seminar: Dr. Linda Hargreaves
Children's personal epistemologies: the keys to engagement in learning?
Research on children's beliefs about knowledge and knowing is surprisingly sparse. Much of it is US base, has its origins in Perry's research on Harvard undergraduates of the 1950s, and relies on a limited methodology.
There is a literature in science education research, but this is often linked specifically to problem-solving and conceptual change. In this talk, I shall report some exploratory work with primary children, conducted with colleague Ruth Kershner, and suggest that existing models do not adequately accommodate children's epistemological beliefs, and that we need to encourage epistemic climates in which children's personal epistemologies are recognised and developed.
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