Personal Epistemology and Teacher Education

Edited by Jo Brownlee, Gregory Schraw, Donna Berthelsen

© 2011 – Routledge

14 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Personal Epistemology and Teacher Education, edited by Joanne Brownlee, Gregg Schraw and Donna Berthelsen, provides an international perspective on teachers’ personal epistemology, or beliefs about the nature of knowledge and knowing. Research from The Netherlands, Cyprus, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Taiwan is presented to provide diverse viewpoints on personal epistemology for early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching contexts.

The text provides a platform for cutting-edge theory and research about how personal epistemology can be applied to the context of teacher education, thereby making explicit the connection between personal epistemology and teaching and students’ learning outcomes.

Topics include:

  • Cultural differences in teacher epistemology and the impact on students’ learning
  • Teachers’ epistemological beliefs and inclusion
  • Teachers’ epistemology and reading lessons, citizenship education, and teaching science
  • Epistemology in a social context
  • Teachers’ epistemological beliefs and student autonomy
  • Teacher education and analysis of preservice and practicing teachers
  • Implications of teachers’ epistemological beliefs
  • Connections to future practice

Teacher education and teacher behaviours are fore-grounded across the topics, with an emphasis on the origin and composition of teachers’ epistemological beliefs and how universities motivate change through formal teacher education. Teaching behaviours are discussed in relation to how teachers’ beliefs are related to the curricular and pedagogical choices that they make in their classrooms, assessment of learning outcomes, and classroom management practices.

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About the Editors

Joanne Brownlee is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood, QUT, Australia.

Gregg Schraw is a Barrick Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Donna Berthelsen is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood at QUT, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology