Psychological modeling of preservice science teachers' argumentativeness, achievement goals, and epistemological beliefs: a mixed design


DEMİRBAĞ M., BAHÇİVAN E.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10212-021-00558-w
  • Journal Name: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, PASCAL, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, Psycinfo, Violence & Abuse Abstracts, DIALNET
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study was conducted to investigate the relationships among Turkish preservice science teachers' argumentativeness, epistemological beliefs, and achievement goals, as well as the reasons for coherencies and incoherencies among these variables. A sequential explanatory research design was applied within the 2 following studies. In Study I, the data from 930 preservice science teachers were investigated with structural equation modeling analysis. This analysis presented evidence regarding the relationships among the variables of the study. For example, preservice science teachers' scientific epistemological beliefs significantly predicted their argumentativeness and goal orientations. In Study II, 2 students were selected for each argument approach and argument avoidance cases. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and analyzed via a content analysis. The results of this study showed that participants' self-construal impacted the relationships among their argumentativeness, goal orientations and scientific epistemological beliefs. An investigation of a more comprehensive belief system model including preservice science teachers' self-construal is suggested considering the overall results.