Epistemic Metacognition in the Context of Information Searching on the Web

  • Lucia Mason
  • Angela Boldrin

After Perry’s (1969) pioneering work, research on the psychology of epistemic beliefs, that is, personal beliefs about knowledge and knowing (Hofer & Pintrich, 2002), has flourished since the beginning of the 1990s. At least three major lines of investigation can be identified in the literature, the first of which deals with the development of epistemic thinking. According to developmental psychologists, it can be conceived as a cognitive structure comprising coherent and integrated representations, which characterize a level or stage of cognitive development. This cognitive structure has been described in relation to the ways of knowing (Belenky et al., 1986), epistemological reflection (Baxter Magolda, 1992), reflective judgment (King & Kitchener, 1994), relativistic thinking (Chandler et al., 1990), and argumentative reasoning (Kuhn, 1991).


Conceptual Change Information Searching Online Information Knowledge Claim Epistemological Belief 
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  • Lucia Mason
    • 1
  • Angela Boldrin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PaduaPadovaItaly

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