Personal Epistemologies and Learning to Teach

Spring 2007

Source: Teacher Education and Special Education v. 30 no. 2 (Spring 2007) p. 67-82

Personal epistemologies, individuals' beliefs about the nature of knowledge and how one comes to know, can facilitate and constrain cognition, motivation, and learning (Pintrich, 2002). They are especially relevant in teacher education because pre service teachers will become responsible for the knowledge and knowing of others.

This study investigated the question, how do pre service teachers approach their learning in a unified teacher education program? Through extensive interviews with 14 participants over the course of two semesters, the researchers gained insight into the pre service teachers' learning process and related epistemological beliefs. By understanding these beliefs, teacher educators may be able to improve instruction and learning in teacher education.

Updated: Dec. 09, 2007