Epistemological Sophistication * Science = More Learning

by F.

A provocative result:

Those students with sophisticated beliefs about scientific knowledge, who recognised that knowledge is changing and constantly reorganised, were significantly more likely to show an understanding of Newton’s laws of motion, than were the students whose epistemological beliefs were less sophisticated. By contrast, the students’ past school grades in physics did not predict whether they would understand Newton’s laws.

Stathopoulou, C. & Vosniadou, S. (2007). Exploring the relationship between physics-related epistemological beliefs and physics understanding. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 32, 255-281

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