Primary school students’ metacognitive beliefs about religious education
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SourceEducational Research and Evaluation, 12, 3, (2006), pp. 271-293
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FSW_PWO_OLO Orthopedagogiek - ontwikkeling & leren
Radboud Docenten Academie (RDA)
SW OZ BSI OE
Instituut voor Leraar en School (ILS)
Educational Research and Evaluation
SubjectLearning and Plasticity
So far scholars have researched beliefs about knowledge, knowing, and learning mainly in the areas of science and mathematics and among secondary school students. In this article, we explore primary school students' metacognitive beliefs about religious education. The article reports on a study involving 656 fifth- and sixth-grade students. We investigated their metacognitive beliefs, how these beliefs interrelate, and which students agree with which beliefs. In the minds of young students 7 categories are discernible: realistic learning, the transformative power of religion, social learning, intrinsic task value motivation, learning satisfaction motivation, the teacher's empathic orientation to learning, and the teacher's respect for students' contributions. These categories and their interrelationships open up new perspectives for the construction of a metacognitive beliefs system and for an interconnected network of beliefs across domains. We also outline implications for religious education in schools.
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