Epistemic beliefs and knowledge creation among upper-secondary students in transdisciplinary education for sustainable development
Nyckelord:EPISTEMIC BELIEFS, TRANSDISCIPLINARITY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, EXPLORATORY FACTOR ANALYSIS, MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS, EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE
This study examines the epistemic beliefs of upper-secondary school students (n=208) involved in a transdisciplinary project regarding sustainable development. Specifically the dimensions of knowledge and knowing are explored and interpreted through a questionnaire, the Survey of Epistemological Beliefs in Transdisciplinary Education (SEBTE). A three- dimensional framework underpins the self-report paper-and-pencil questionnaire. Results from exploratory factor analysis suggest five factors or dimensions: Transdisciplinary knowledge, Quick knowledge, Certain knowledge, Simple knowledge and Collaborative knowledge. According to multiple regression analysis (MRA), three out of those dimensions of epistemic beliefs have a positive impact on the students’ appreciation of the school project. Variables male and technoscientific students had a negative impact. The educational context of transdisciplinary education for sustainable development can be understood in terms of the learning metaphor of knowledge creation. Knowledge about students’ epistemic beliefs is assumed to be a useful insight to both in-service and pre-service teachers embarking on transdisciplinary projects.