Exploring the differences of the Internet-specific epistemic beliefs between Taiwanese undergraduates and high school students

Yen Lin Chiu, Chin Chung Tsai

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Abstract

This paper aimed to compare the differences of Internet-specific epistemic beliefs (ISEB) between undergraduates and high school students. Furthermore, the influence of age and educational level as well as other variables on the ISEB were also examined. 299 participants including 150 undergraduates and 149 high school students were surveyed with the Inter-specific epistemic questionnaire (ISEQ). The exploratory factor analysis was executed to construct the ISEQ. Four dimensions of ISEB were indentified, namely Certainty, Simplicity, Source and Justification. Further, the t-test analysis and regression were administered. The results showed that there were differences of ISEB with regard to Certainty and Justification between undergraduates and high school students. However, the variables of age and educational level cannot significantly predict any dimension of ISEB. Interestingly, the gender and experience in using the Internet for academic information searching were significant predictors of Simplicity, Source and Justification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages340-344
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2013 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2013 Nov 182013 Nov 22

Other

Other21st International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2013
CountryIndonesia
CityBali
Period13/11/1813/11/22

Keywords

  • Age
  • Author's kit
  • Conference publications
  • Education guidelines
  • Epistemology theory
  • Formatting instructions
  • Internet-specific epistemic beliefs
  • Online information searching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Chiu, Y. L., & Tsai, C. C. (2013). Exploring the differences of the Internet-specific epistemic beliefs between Taiwanese undergraduates and high school students. 340-344. Paper presented at 21st International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2013, Bali, Indonesia.