Evaluating University Students 's Ways Of Knowing And The Effects On Academic Performance
Epistemological beliefs refer to knowledge and understanding, and there are two ways of knowing, which are called separate knowing and connected knowing. Separate knowing is a critical thinking approach, whereas connected knowing is an approach where an individual attempts to understand the ways in which other people think and they use this technique to understand the other person’s point of view. This study will look at the effects of student’s personal epistemological beliefs –along with separate knowing and connected knowing— and their approach to thinking and learning and whether or not the student’s attitudes can influence academic performance or not. Previously, much research has been done where researchers have studied the way in which epistemological beliefs and whether or not having knowledge in a particular subject can influence academic performance if that individual has similar epistemological beliefs.
In Schommer-Aikens and Easter’s (2006) study, they were interested in discovering how the different “ways of knowing” which are known as connected knowing and separate knowing and how personal epistemology can be involved with those two concepts. This study involved studying 107 college students in business communications class. The participants included forty-eight men and fifty-seven women all of whom differed in ethnicity. Schommer-Aikens and Easter (2006) thought that…