Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing

Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing

Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing

Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs about Knowledge and Knowing

Synopsis

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of personal epistemology from a psychological and educational perspective. Both theory building and empirical research have grown dramatically in the past decade but, until now, this work has not been pulled together in a single volume. That is the mission of this volume whose state-of-the-art theory and research are likely to define the field for the next 20 years. Key features of this important new book include: *Pioneering Contributors--The book provides current perspectives of each of the major theoreticians and researchers who pioneered this growing field, as well as contributions from new researchers. *Diverse Perspectives--The contributors represent a variety of perspectives, including education, educational psychology, developmental psychology, higher education, and science and mathematics education. *Editorial Integration--Opening and closing chapters by the editors set out key issues confronting the field.

Excerpt

The study of individual beliefs about knowledge and knowing has engaged researchers from a variety of fields, with differing terminology, research paradigms, and areas of interest. Few other topics that lie at the intersection of education and psychology are likely to span so wide a range of intellectual territory, or to excite the interest of individuals with such varied professional training. In addition, both theory building and empirical research in this field have grown dramatically in the past decade. The need to clarify and synthesize central issues in the field and the growing interest in the work provided the impetus for this volume. This book provides an overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of personal epistemology from a psychological and educational perspective. We hope this will be of interest to graduate and professional researchers, educational practitioners, teacher educators, science and math educators, and administrators who are interested in examining the current viewpoints of central theoreticians and researchers working in this area.

The current models of personal epistemology are rich and varied, developed through decades of meticulous research, but they have yet to be discussed within one book. Accordingly, each of the central researchers in this area was invited to contribute a chapter to the first section of the book, providing an overview and update of their respective models. We hope that this will provide, in one location, a clear picture of the current state of the art as viewed by those who laid the foundation for the current emerging research and who continue to shape the direction of the field for new researchers.

The second section of the book includes new perspectives on theoretical and conceptual approaches to personal epistemology. These chapters address several of the more challenging aspects of the underlying assumptions in the research on epistemology and offer provocative insights about areas that need the attention of researchers.

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