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Students’ epistemic beliefs in Sweden and Germany: Interrelations with classroom characteristics
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5251-0374
2017 (English)In: Education in the Crossroads of Economy andPolitics: Role of Research in the Advancement of Public Good (Book of abstracts), 2017, 2017Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The study aims at describing students’ epistemic beliefs over school years 5-11, investigating differences between Sweden and Germany regarding the ‘trajectories’ of epistemic beliefs over the grades, and if classroom factors can explain these differences. A cross-sectional survey, covering grades 5-11, was distributed to 1501 students in Sweden and 2839 in Germany to assess their epistemic beliefs and perceived classroom environment in chemistry. Factor analysis revealed four valid constructs for students’ epistemic beliefs and perceived classroom environment, respectively.  A common trend for both countries was an increasing sophistication over grades as to the Certainty of knowledge and an emphasis in all grades on the need for evidence from several sources to make claims of knowing (Justification). Trust in authorities decreased over the grades in Germany, while Swedish students showed similar levels in all grades. Beliefs in dynamic and changing knowledge was strong in both countries, with an increasing trend in Germany while stable in Sweden. Significant correlations between epistemic beliefs and perceived classroom environment were found in both countries, but stronger in Sweden than Germany

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2017.
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139572OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-139572DiVA: diva2:1142264
Conference
17th Biennal EARLI Conference, Tampere, Finland, 27th aug - 2nd sept, 2017
Projects
DOLIS
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2013-2180
Available from: 2017-09-19 Created: 2017-09-19 Last updated: 2017-09-19

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