Associations of epistemic beliefs in science and scientific reasoning in university students from Taiwan and India

Fang Ying Yang*, Kaushal Kumar Bhagat, Chia Hui Cheng

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The purpose of this study was to compare the associations of epistemic beliefs in science, performance of scientific reasoning in university students from Taiwan and India, and the relations with their science learning experiences. A total of 126 university students including 67 from Taiwan and 59 from India who had science and mathematics backgrounds were involved in the study. Students’ epistemic beliefs in science were assessed by the SEV questionnaire, while their reasoning performance and learning experiences were prompted by open-ended questions and survey items. Content analysis was performed to analyze their scientific reasoning, and correlation analysis, t tests and ANOVA were applied to reveal the associations between variables. The results showed that students from both countries differed in epistemic beliefs in the dimensions of certainty, development and justification. While few students from either country performed successfully in identifying genuine evidence and giving full rebuttals, Taiwanese participants seemed to demonstrate slightly better scientific reasoning. It was found that the Indian students were more balanced in receiving structured and engaged learning experiences. Varying associations for the students from the different countries were found between epistemic beliefs and scientific reasoning performance, and between epistemic beliefs and science learning experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347-1365
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 3


  • Comparative study
  • higher education
  • reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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