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Title:Beliefs: A theoretically unnecessary construct?
Type:For the conference CERME 6, Lyon, France, 28 January - 1 February, 2009
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Abstract:
In this paper I analyze different existing definitions of the term beliefs, focusing on relations between beliefs and knowledge. Through this analysis I note several problems with different types of definitions. In particular, when defining beliefs through a distinction between belief and knowledge systems, this creates an idealized view of knowledge, seen as something more pure (less affective, less episodic, and more logical). In addition, attention is generally not given to from what point of perspective a definition is made; if the distinction between beliefs and knowledge is seen as being either individual/psychological or social. These two perspectives are also sometimes mixed, which results in a messy construct. Based on the performed analysis, a conceptualization of beliefs is suggested.
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Magnus Österholm
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Umeå University
Umeå School of Education
Faculty of Science and
Technology

Department of Science
and Mathematics Education

Umeå Mathematics
Education Research Centre


Mid Sweden University
Faculty of Science,
Technology and Media

Department of Mathematics
and Science Education


Monash University
Faculty of Education
Inclusive Mathematics
Education Research Group


Linköping University
The Institute of Technology
Department of Mathematics


 
 

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