Exploring the development of college students' epistemic views during their knowledge building activities

Huang Yao Hong, Bodong Chen, Ching Sing Chai

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Exploring students' epistemic views is important as it should help to better understand how they acquire and work with knowledge. This case study investigated how college students' epistemic views relate to their collaborative inquiry activities in an online knowledge-building environment. Findings based on a mixed-method analysis on students' online discourse and open-ended survey questions suggested that students' knowledge-building activities were positively related to the development of their epistemic views. In particular, when students were able to engage in more productive and effective group inquiry activities, they were more likely to develop a more sophisticated epistemic view that was conducive to sustained idea improvement for advancing knowledge. The study has implications for understanding how students' views on the nature of knowledge creation and the manner in which collaborative inquiry is conducted in an online environment affect each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Education
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for writing this article was provided, in part, from a Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology grant ( MOST#104-2511-S-004-001-MY3 ) and from a Top University Project grant funded by Taiwan Ministry of Education .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Collaborative learning
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Learning communities


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