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Beliefs About Learning

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Epistemic beliefs; Epistemological beliefs

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Beliefs about learning refer to a person’s subjective judgments about a relation between learning and his or her values or attributes (Fishbein and Ajzen 1975). For example, a person’s beliefs about learning calculus involve subjective judgments about the nature and importance of calculus, that person’s interest in calculus, and that person’s beliefs about his or her ability to learn calculus.

Theoretical Background

Students’ beliefs about learning and knowledge have been researched to explain students’ responses to learning contexts (Hofer and Pintrich 1997). Some research has focused on how beliefs develop over time while other research has highlighted how beliefs influence the cognitive processes involved in learning. Research has also investigated how beliefs mediate the factors of attitudes toward learning (i.e., interest, willingness, etc.) and study habits (as exemplified by effort, persistence, etc.), which are...

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Kim, C. (2012). Beliefs About Learning. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_221

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