The correlates of Taiwan teachers' epistemological beliefs concerning Internet environments, online search strategies, and search outcomes

Pei Shan Tsai, Chin Chung Tsai, Gwo Jen Hwang

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the correlates among teachers' epistemological beliefs concerning Internet environments, their web search strategies and search outcomes. The sample of this study included 105 teachers from 63 grades 1 to 9 schools in Taiwan. The results show that the teachers with more advanced epistemological beliefs concerning Internet environments could utilize more sophisticated web search strategies (i.e. less irrelevant information-selecting) to filter and organize the information than those with less advanced beliefs. Also, the sophistication of epistemological beliefs was positively correlated to the search outcomes for open-ended questions. Hence, epistemological beliefs concerning Internet environments play an important role in web-based learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalInternet and Higher Education
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Constructivism
  • Epistemological beliefs
  • Information-searching strategies
  • Web-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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