Faculty Publications

Title

Clashing epistemologies: Aspiring teachers', practicing teachers', and professors' beliefs about knowledge and research in education

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Educational research, Epistemologies, Preservice teachers' beliefs, Teachers' beliefs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume

23

Issue

2

First Page

123

Last Page

135

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in preservice teachers', practicing teachers', and teacher education professors' beliefs about educational research; specifically, what counts as legitimate knowledge in education and how that knowledge may be obtained. Participants' responses to two vignettes and dilemmas indicate that many preservice teachers believe that educational knowledge is highly particularistic, and that it cannot be falsified. In contrast, most professors articulated the belief that educational knowledge can be generalized and also falsified. Practicing teachers fell in the middle of this continuum. Implications of these different beliefs and assumptions for teacher education are discussed. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

4-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.tate.2006.04.032

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