When do students know their answer is ‘right’?  Where do students believe science and engineering knowledge comes from?  Contextualised with historical and newer models of epistemic sophistication, Siara Isaac will present a grounded theory analysis of 19 think-aloud problem-solving interview sessions.  Recognising that equations represent imperfect models of reality, and the diversity and frequency of answer-checking strategies appear to be useful indicators of students’ epistemic beliefs.  Results suggest strategies for teaching students to better assess knowledge claims.


Siara Isaac is an academic developer with a particular interest in how science and engineering students develop transversal skills and disciplinary thinking habits.  Trained as a chemist, she has taught in Canada, China, France & Switzerland.


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