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Epistemic Beliefs Inventory

Schraw, G., Bendixen, L. D., & Dunkle, M. (2002). Development and validation of the epistemic beliefs inventory. In B. K. Hofer & P. R. Pintrich (Eds.), Personal epistemology: The psychology of beliefs about knowledge and knowing (pp. 261-275). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the statements listed below. Please select the number that best corresponds to the strength of your belief.

1. It bothers me when instructors don't tell students the answers to complicated problems.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

2. Truth means different things to different people.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

3. Students who learn things quickly are the most successful.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

4. People should always obey the law.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

5. Some people will never be smart no matter how hard they work.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

6. Absolute moral truth does not exist.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

7. Parents should teach their children all there is to know about life.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

8. Really smart students don't have to work as hard to do well in school.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

9. If a person tries too hard to understand a problem, they will most likely end up being confused.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

10. Too many theories just complicate things.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

11. The best ideas are often the most simple.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

12. People can't do too much about how smart they are.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

13. Instructors should focus on facts instead of theories.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

14. I like teachers who present several competing theories and let their students decide which is best.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

15. How well you do in school depends on how smart you are.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

16. If you don't learn something quickly, you won't ever learn it.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

17. Some people just have a knack for learning and others don't.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

18. Things are simpler than most professors would have you believe.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

19. If two people are arguing about something, at least one of them must be wrong.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

20. Children should be allowed to question their parents' authority.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

21. If you haven't understood a chapter the first time through, going back over it won't help.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

22. Science is easy to understand because it contains so many facts.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

23. The moral rules I live by apply to everyone.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

24. The more you know about a topic, the more there is to know.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

25. What is true today will be true tomorrow.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

26. Smart people are born that way.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

27. When someone in authority tells me what to do, I usually do it.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

28. People who question authority are trouble makers.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

29. Working on a problem with no quick solution is a waste of time.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

30. You can study something for years and still not really understand it.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

31. Sometimes there are no right answers to life's big problems.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree

32. Some people are born with special gifts and talents.
Strongly Disagree 1 2 3 4 5 Strongly Agree


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