The effect of epistemological beliefs on teaching - learning conceptions of pre-service teachers of religion


1Mehmet Kamil Co�?�?kun* and 2Peter Grainger

Teaching and learning processes are influenced by different cognitive variables including epistemological beliefs and teaching/learning conceptions. Epistemological beliefs express beliefs on the nature of knowledge and gaining knowledge (learning). Teaching/learning conceptions refer to the beliefs held by teachers about their preferred ways of teaching and learning, including the meaning of teaching and learning and the roles of teacher and students. The primary purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between epistemological beliefs and teaching/learning conceptions among pre-service teachers of religion. The working group of the study consisted of 387 students of Department of Islamic Sciences and Department of Religious Education at Mu???? Alparslan University in Turkey. Further analyses focused on whether teaching-learning conceptions differ based on gender, department and class-levels. Results indicated significant correlations between epistemological beliefs (Innate/Fixed Ability, Learning Effort, Learning Process - Casting Doubt on Authority / Expert Knowledge, and Certainty of Knowledge) and approaches to teaching and learning (Constructivist Conception, Traditional Conception). In addition, results showed that pre-service teachers of religion preferred constructivist approaches over more traditional approaches and their views differed based on discipline and class-level, but not on gender.


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