Internet-based epistemic beliefs, engagement in online activities, and intention for constructivist ICT integration among pre-service teachers
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 34, Number 5, ISSN 0814-673X Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
This study investigated pre-service teachers’ epistemic beliefs about the Internet using the Inventory of Internet-Based Epistemic Beliefs (IBEB). Also examined were their belief profiles to delineate the effect of IBEB on pre-service teachers’ engagement in online reading activities and intention for ICT integration for constructivist learning activities. Participants were 474 teacher education students in Taiwan. Results revealed the four hypothesised constructs – structure, uncertainty, source, and justification for Internet knowledge – with good validity and reliability. Four epistemic belief groups were derived based on these constructs; and they exhibited differential effects on the validating variables. Cluster 1 was characterised by four positive epistemic beliefs (the positive beliefs), Cluster 2 by four negative epistemic beliefs (the negative beliefs), Cluster 3 by modest scores of the epistemic beliefs (the modest beliefs), and Cluster 4 by positive uncertainty and justification scores as well as negative structure and source scores (the high justification and uncertainty). Findings suggest that intervention targeting pre-service teachers in the negative beliefs and the modest beliefs may be necessary to foster positive epistemic beliefs for better constructivist learning in the online environment.
Lee, Y.H. (2018). Internet-based epistemic beliefs, engagement in online activities, and intention for constructivist ICT integration among pre-service teachers. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5),. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.