Updating understandings of 'teaching': taking account of learners' and teachers' beliefs

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Abstract

The paper reviews recent psycho-educational literature to identify features of teacher thinking which enable learners to acquire meaningful knowledge. The review establishes that one powerful mechanism to improve teaching in higher education turns on exploiting adults' epistemic beliefs: beliefs about the nature and the acquisition of knowledge. Epistemic beliefs and knowledge construction interact with each other but both can be promoted through focused teaching. The four foci for teaching are (1) surfacing learners' epistemic beliefs, as these are the bases of new learning; (2) actively engaging learners' views of knowledge so that their refinement can be the objective of educational practices; (3) emphasising and evidencing critical thinking; and (4) foregrounding teachers' own epistemic beliefs in their reflections on practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-182
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date10 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • learners' epistemic beliefs
  • teachers' epistemic beliefs
  • critical thinking
  • educational psychology

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  • 1 Editorial board member

Teaching and Teacher Education (Journal)

Effie MacLellan (Editorial board member)

2009 → …

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