The Role of Beliefs About the Nature of Knowledge in Second Language Learning Among Students Chinese Institutes
10 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2014
Date Written: September 29, 2014
This Study aims to explain the role of the beliefs about the nature of knowledge as an important contributing factor in second language learning and its practice. They 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 the beliefs about the nature of knowledge of students at Institute of Education in China?
• Do beliefs about the nature of knowledge of students at Institute of Education in China by gender and level?
• Is there a significant correlation between student’s beliefs about the nature of knowledge and achievements and to what extent the level beliefs about the nature of knowledge explains from students’ achievement?
The researchers have modified the Epistemological Beliefs Questionnaire of Schommer (1990), which consists of 35 items divided into five domains: quick learning, Certain knowledge, Omniscient authority, innate ability and simple knowledge. The validity of the questionnaire has been substantiated by submitting it to a set of experts. Reliability is ensured by using test retest method. Relevant and quantitative data were collected and analyzed. 229 Questionnaires were distributed randomly to Students of educational institutions in China. The findings revealed that the students reached a acceptable level in beliefs about the nature of knowledge, Where scored "simple knowledge" the highest average, while the "innate ability" is the lowest average. The female students achieved better beliefs about the nature of knowledge than the male students.
Concerning the academic level there statistically significant differences in favor of a third year and fourth and this shows the development of the student’s beliefs thorough studies. Further, there is a negative relationship between beliefs about the nature of knowledge and academic achievement; Where they did not predict high academic achievement among students.
Keywords: China Arab relations, Language, foreign trade, nature
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