Beyond cognitive and metacognitive tools: the use of the Internet as an ‘epistemological’ tool for instruction

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This paper argues that Internet-based instruction should not be only perceived as a cognitive tool or a metacognitive tool; rather, it can be perceived and used as an epistemological tool. When the Internet is used as an epistemological tool for instruction, learners are encouraged to evaluate the merits of information and knowledge acquired from Internet-based environments, and to explore the nature of learning and knowledge construction. This paper further asserts that Internet-based instruction is perceived as a way to help learners develop advanced epistemologies. On the other hand, developmentally advanced epistemological beliefs can facilitate the practice of Internet-based instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-536
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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