Epistemological Beliefs of Students at High Schools: A Survey Study in Malaysia

8 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2011

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Wail Ismail

University of Malaya - Faculty of Education - Department of Educational Foundations

Nabeel Abedlazeez

University of Malaya - Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, Faculty of Education

Zaharah Hussin

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Educational Foundations

Date Written: December 18, 2011

Abstract

Epistemological beliefs reflect the viewpoint of the individual about what and how knowledge can be acquired and the degree of certainty. The present study sought answers to the following questions: What are the overall epistemological beliefs of students at high schools? Do epistemological beliefs of students at high schools differ by gender? Do epistemological beliefs of students at high schools differ by school type? Epistemological beliefs scale comprising 62 items measuring five components of beliefs (i.e. Quick Learning, knowledge, Certain Knowledge, Omniscient authority, innate ability, and simple knowledge) was administered to a sample of 301 form five students from public schools in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia. Descriptive statistics, and MANOVA were used. Results indicated that: participants had naive beliefs about Quick Learning, Certain Knowledge, Omniscient authority, innate ability, and simple knowledge, no significant differences were found in students’ beliefs due to gender and school type.

Keywords: certain knowledge, innate ability, omniscient authority, quick learning, simple knowledge

Suggested Citation

Ismail, Wail and Abedlazeez, Nabeel and Hussin, Zaharah, Epistemological Beliefs of Students at High Schools: A Survey Study in Malaysia (December 18, 2011). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 02, No. 08, pp.39-46, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1974094

Wail Ismail (Contact Author)

University of Malaya - Faculty of Education - Department of Educational Foundations ( email )

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Nabeel Abedlazeez

University of Malaya - Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, Faculty of Education ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Zaharah Hussin

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Educational Foundations ( email )

Malaysia

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