Research project If students and teachers have different epistemological beliefs (i.e., beliefs about what knowledge is), what effects could this have on how they communicate? Can you affect a person's epistemological beliefs through how you communication?
A person's epistemological beliefs can be an important factor in teaching and learning, since this is a place where knowledge is at the center of attention. For example, if a student regards knowledge in mathematics as a set of certain rules of calculation, it seems reasonable that this student focuses on memorizing such type of information in the mathematics classroom. The students' teacher might have another view of mathematical knowledge and perhaps this difference in epistemological beliefs between a student and a teacher is an important source for confusion when communicating with each other.