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Exploring the Links between Social Axioms and the Epistemological Beliefs about Learning held by Filipino Students

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The study explores the possible relationships between social axioms and epistemological beliefs about learning. Two hypotheses are considered: (a) social axioms and epistemological beliefs show conceptual consistency and (b) social axioms and epistemological beliefs relate to each other in complementary and/or compensatory ways. Filipino university students were asked to complete locally validated versions of the Social Axioms Survey and the Schommer Epistemological Questionnaire. The responses were analyzed using canonical correlation procedures that revealed several significant correlations among canonical roots. The results of the study did not show consistency or convergence in the concepts and themes of the two sets of beliefs. Instead, there may be various forms of complementary and/or compensatory relationships among the specific types of beliefs depending on the societal environment facing the learner. Such complementary and compensatory relationships might indicate some attempt on the part of students to mesh their cognitive appraisals and beliefs about their learning experiences with the larger social environment within which these learning processes take place. The results of the study raise important questions regarding how various beliefs held by individuals may relate to each other as they are contextualized in particular domains in a person's life.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.De La Salle University—ManilaThe Philippines

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