Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 445–461 | Cite as

The Role of Teacher Epistemic Cognition, Epistemic Beliefs, and Calibration in Instruction

  • Liliana MaggioniEmail author
  • Meghan M. Parkinson
Review Article


This review examines the literature on teacher epistemic cognition, epistemic beliefs, and calibration to consider the relation between these constructs and instruction that emerged from empirical studies. In considering how this body of literature can enhance understanding of how students become masters of their learning processes, we will briefly review how different theoretical frameworks have conceptualized the relation between epistemic cognition, epistemic beliefs, calibration and metacognition, self-regulation, and self-regulated learning. Implications for research include a more nuanced conceptualization of epistemic beliefs and a theoretical integration of these constructs. Implications for practice regard the reciprocal relations between teachers’ knowledge, experience, epistemic cognition, epistemic beliefs, and calibration and their effects on pedagogical practices. The role of teachers’ education and professional development is discussed.


Epistemic cognition Epistemic beliefs Calibration Instruction Teachers 



We would like to acknowledge with gratitude the valuable guidance and insights offered by our developmental reviewers, Krista R. Muis and P. Karen Murphy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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