The The Role of of Epistemological Beliefs on Goal Orientation and Study Strategies

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of epistemological beliefs in goal orientation and study strategies among college students. In order to do the research, 300 students were selected through random clustering sampling among BA students of psychology departments. The Schommer's epistemological (1992) questionnaire, Elliot, Vandivil & McGregor's Goal orientation (2001) questionnaire, McGregor & Gable's study strategies questionnaire where administered. The findings of this research revealed that the Epistemological beliefs had a direct effect on goal orientation and study strategies.
Regression and correlation results showed that epistemological beliefs had a direct effect on goal orientation and study strategies. This outcome implies that the learners who believed in absoluteness of knowledge were seeking an answer, avoiding of ambiguity and relayed on references. Individuals, who believed in learning, selected learning goals and their approach was to study deep instead of shallow processing.


Keywords: Epistemological Beliefs, Goal Orientation, Study Strategies
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Parvin Kadivar

Vice Chancellor in Research, Education Department, Tarbiat Moallem University
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

http://cvs.tmu.ac.ir/cv.php?Name=kadivar

Ref: L09P1419