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How personal beliefs influence teaching practices?

According to Schommer-Aikins beliefs unconsciously influence the selection of teaching strategy.

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    Feb 23 2013: Annaliza, In order to provide you with a meaningful answer ... Could you define "personal beliefs"

    Thanks. Bob.
    • Mar 20 2013: Thank you, this is the definition according to Schomme: personal epistemologies are personal theories, conceptions, or beliefs about knowledge and knowing. These beliefs affect or mediate knowledge acquisition and knowledge constrution processes.
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        Mar 20 2013: Wow. If Marlene talked like that all the time I bet it really limited her dating LOL. As I understand it she made a learning line. On one end (Naive) beliefs support basic level thinking. On the other end (sophisticated) students have strong beliefs in complex tentative knowledge that is derived from reason and evidence. To label the ends of a contimum as naive and sophisticatred is judgemental.

        However, that may be possible if you specify the domains and further isolate the materials although that is highly improbable over the general spectrum of learning.

        Edmund Gettier stated that we have two large pools ... truths and beliefs and if you ovelap them there is a mutual area which we call knowledge. Using this .. then beliefs are a foundation in the acquisation of knowledge. Hard to teach dancing when you were raised that dancing is wrong.

        In the US the government and book publishers have solved the strategy problem. They give you the text, teachers guide, a schedule, a test and you follow it. You are not a teacher with thoughts and training. You teach the test. Further you are evaluated on the test results of the students.

        Deep stuff for a country bumpkin like me.

        I wish you well. Bob.

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