Epistemic beliefs and written historical reasoning: exploring their relationship

Şendur, Kristin and Van Drie, Jannet and Van Boxtel, Carla (2022) Epistemic beliefs and written historical reasoning: exploring their relationship. Historical Encounters, 9 (1). pp. 141-158. ISSN 2203-7543

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In this descriptive study, we investigated undergraduate students’ epistemic beliefs in history and examined the relationship between students’ beliefs and their performance in written historical reasoning in the context of a historical reasoning course. We measured students’ expressed epistemic beliefs in history through a discipline-specific survey, which we compared with students’ performance when writing a source-based historical argument. A subset of students also participated in a task-based interview to investigate more tacit epistemic beliefs related to the second-order concept, account. We found a significant correlation between students’ performance in source-based argumentative writing and their epistemic beliefs regarding historical methodology. Most students’ interview answers corresponded to their epistemic beliefs as indicated in the survey, but there was less correspondence between students’ interviews and writing. This study demonstrates the usefulness of the epistemic beliefs survey and provides evidence that students’ conceptions of the second-order concept, account, may be related to their epistemic beliefs.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epistemic beliefs; Higher education; Historical reasoning; Writing
Divisions: Center for Individual and Academic Development
Depositing User: Kristin Şendur
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 13:50
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44164

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