Login | Register

Combination of interventions can change students’ epistemological beliefs

Title:

Combination of interventions can change students’ epistemological beliefs

Kalman, Calvin S., Sobhanzadeh, Mandana, Thompson, Robert, Ibrahim, Ahmed M. M and Wang, Xihui (2015) Combination of interventions can change students’ epistemological beliefs. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 11 (2). 020136. ISSN 1554-9178

[img]
Preview
Text (application/pdf)
kalman-PhysRevSTPER-2015.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Spectrum Terms of Access.
381kB

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020136

Abstract

This study was based on the hypothesis that students’ epistemological beliefs could become more expertlike with a combination of appropriate instructional activities: (i) preclass reading with metacognitive reflection, and (ii) in-class active learning that produces cognitive dissonance. This hypothesis was tested through a five-year study involving close to 1000 students at two institutions, in four physics courses. Using an experimental design, data from student interviews, writing product assessments, and the Discipline-Focused Epistemological Beliefs Questionnaire (DFEBQ) we demonstrate that the beliefs of novice science learners became more expertlike on 2 of the 4 DFEBQ factors. We conclude that a combination of an activity that gets students to examine textual material metacognitively (Reflective Writing) with one or more types of in-class active learning interventions can promote positive change in students’ epistemological beliefs.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Physics
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Kalman, Calvin S. and Sobhanzadeh, Mandana and Thompson, Robert and Ibrahim, Ahmed M. M and Wang, Xihui
Journal or Publication:Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
Date:2015
Funders:
  • Concordia Open Access Author Fund
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020136
ID Code:982255
Deposited By: DANIELLE DENNIE
Deposited On:21 Mar 2017 14:13
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54
All items in Spectrum are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. The use of items is governed by Spectrum's terms of access.

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads per month over past year

Back to top Back to top