Exploring 6th grade students’ scientific epistemological beliefs and metacognitive awareness regarding achievement level

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2018
Boğar, Yurdagül
This study served two purposes. The first purpose of the study was to detect scientific epistemological beliefs of 6th grade students with different achievement levels at middle school. The second purpose of the study was to detect their metacognitive awareness. The present study has been carried out with “basic qualitative research method” which is one of qualitative research methods. The participants of this study consisted of 15 6th grade students. In determining the participants of the study, purposive sampling method has been used. The semi-structured interviews constituted the data collection tools of the study. Thematic analysis method was used to analyze the data. Findings related to students’ scientific epistemological beliefs; it shows us two themes as nature of knowledge and the nature of knowing, and four categories as certainty of knowledge, development of knowledge, source of knowledge, and justification for knowing appeared. Moreover, remarkable finding of the present v study was that the middle school students with high, average and low levels of achievement have expressed their opinions mostly under the nature of knowledge theme. Findings related to students’ metacognitive awareness; it shows us two themes as knowledge of cognition and knowledge of regulation, and eight categories as declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge, conditional knowledge, planning, monitoring, evaluation, debugging and information management appeared. Furthermore, interesting finding of this study was that the middle school students with high, average and low levels of achievement have expressed their opinions mostly in the procedural knowledge category under the knowledge of cognition theme.