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Is it the teaching or the discipline? Influences of disciplinary epistemology and pedagogy on students adapting study behaviour and epistemological beliefs

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Kember, D and Hong, C and Yau, V and Ho, A, Is it the teaching or the discipline? Influences of disciplinary epistemology and pedagogy on students adapting study behaviour and epistemological beliefs, European Journal of Higher Education, 4, (4) pp. 348-362. ISSN 2156-8235 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/21568235.2014.930794

Abstract

This study examined the pace and degree of adaptation of study behaviour and personal epistemological beliefs between school and university through interviews with 110 final-year university students. The study took place in Hong Kong, where the highly competitive school system encourages remembering modelling answers for the public examinations; hence, students appear to hold naive epistemological beliefs on entry to university. Developing more sophisticated beliefs appeared to be a pre- or co- requisite to adopting study behaviour more appropriate for university study. The pace and degree of adaptation varied between disciplines and appeared to be influenced by both the nature of knowledge within a discipline and the type of pedagogy adopted. The influences are discussed in terms of a two-by-two framework, ranging from well-established to contested knowledge, and didactic teaching to active student engagement. Cases are given to illustrate each quadrant as well as progressive development. Perceptions or social constructions of disciplinary differences appear to play a part as there were cases where the pedagogy adopted was inconsistent with the nature of knowledge in a discipline.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:epistemological beliefs; academic tribes; disciplinary differences in pedagogy; adaptation of study behaviour; school/ university transition
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Higher Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:93236
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-07-21
Last Modified:2016-12-16
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