The relationship between epistemological beliefs and the propensity for lifelong learning

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Title The relationship between epistemological beliefs and the propensity for lifelong learning
Author Bath, Debra Mary; Smith, Calvin Douglas
Journal Name Studies in Continuing Education
Editor Professor David Boud, Professor Nicky Solomon
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The characteristics of lifelong learners have been extensively discussed in the literature and generally encapsulate two broad dimensions; skills and abilities related to learning, and beliefs about learning and knowledge. This study examined the factors that may predict such characteristics and thus an individual's propensity to engage in lifelong learning in a sample of university students. Together, openness to experience, change readiness, approaches to learning, self-efficacy and epistemological beliefs significantly predicted lifelong learning characteristics. In particular, the unique contribution of epistemological beliefs to the profile of a lifelong learner was supported. Results indicate that these beliefs may be a key predictor of lifelong learning.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0158037X.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01580370902927758
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Studies in Continuing Education [Volume, Issue, Year, Pages]. Studies in Continuing Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 31
Issue Number 2
Page from 173
Page to 189
ISSN 1470-126X
Date Accessioned 2009-07-09
Date Available 2010-07-05T04:52:24Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Education; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25646
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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