Personal Epistemology: The Psychology of Beliefs About Knowledge and Knowing

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Barbara K. Hofer, Paul R. Pintrich
Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Education - 442 pages
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This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of personal epistemology from a psychological and educational perspective. Both theory building and empirical research have grown dramatically in the past decade but, until now, this work has not been pulled together in a single volume. That is the mission of this volume whose state-of-the-art theory and research are likely to define the field for the next 20 years. Key features of this important new book include:

*Pioneering Contributors--The book provides current perspectives of each of the major theoreticians and researchers who pioneered this growing field, as well as contributions from new researchers.

*Diverse Perspectives--The contributors represent a variety of perspectives, including education, educational psychology, developmental psychology, higher education, and science and mathematics education.

*Editorial Integration--Opening and closing chapters by the editors set out key issues confronting the field.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
An Introduction Barbara K Hofer
3
I Conceptual Models of Personal Epistemology
15
II Theoretical and Conceptual Issues
119
III Methodological Issues in the Study of Personal Epistemology
229
IV Perspectives on DisciplineSpecific Epistemology
295
Conclusion
387
Author Index
415
Subject Index
425
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Barbara K. Hofer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Middlebury College who conducts research and teaches about adolescence and the transition to adulthood. The parent of a daughter and son who recently completed college, she knows the issues of parenting this generation firsthand.

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