Based on the readings for this topic. How would you characterize your epistemological beliefs? How have these beliefs been facilitating or inhibiting the ways you learn?
First of all, I find this lesson very amusing and the whole experience in studying gives me a feel of excitement. 🙂
I have read and viewed the videos provided about epistemology, its origin, the belief dimensions,types of knowledge, different perspectives from Perry,Kitchner and King , Ryan and how epistemology is viewed in a non-philosophical context.
I have read the article about the Role of Adults Beliefs About Knowledge in school, work and in Everyday life by Marlene Schommer. At first there is a quiz about the epistemological belief dimension. Here are my answers and notes.
The highlighted areas are the ones that I gave a higher percentage. The first dimension is about the control of learning. Inherited ability vs. Acquired ability. I have put a higher percentage in Acquired ability. Inherited ability means that there is a fixed ability to learn. A person with this kind of perspective tend to look or interpret failures as an inadequacy. It results in frustration then eventually giving up trying. Howsoever, a person with an acquired ability to learn views failures as an opportunity. These person has the magnified a mistake and has put interest in rectifying a solution using different strategies. These people are persistent.
Speed of learning varies from one individual to another. According to Schommer, a strong believer of quick learning tends to put the value of time over the value of learning more.On the other hand, a person who strongly believes that learning is done gradually puts the value of learning more over the time that it will take to be able to comprehend the study process. There is a strategic approach towards learning by not necessarily putting too much interest and weight unto when the process will be finished but rather to the account of the progress in which learning will take place.
A strong believer that knowledge should be organized as isolated compartments or simple knowledge recalls information as close to its exact definition whilst a person who believes that knowledge is interrelated and complex recalls facts a bit lengthy but with accuracy and elaboration.
Stability and certainty of knowledge shows whether it is unchanging or evolving. The first one means that answers are permanent and it can’t be changed. One answer is to one solution. Otherwise if the solution fails, it may also lead to disappointment and frustration. Our brain’s complexity allows us to figure out solutions to a certain problem by thinking of alternative strategies that should be used hence it is evolving and is flexible .
After contemplating on the whole article, i took the quiz again. I managed to answer the first three questions with the same results however on my first quiz about Stability of knowledge, there is a higher percentage on the notion that a lot is yet to be discovered. My answer on the second quiz was that the stability of knowledge is constantly evolving. The reason for that is because although there are many things that are yet to be discovered by humankind, bottom line is, it is Evolving which makes it the best answer among the two.
My notes below shows the characteristics of my epistemological beliefs. These beliefs helps me facilitate learning in a more complex way. Since I believe that knowledge is interrelated,learning is done in a gradual manner, and that persistence is needed , sophisticated epistemology gives me an understanding that it is an integral part of my life especially on the way on how I learn and cope with different endeavors and challenges.