Re-examining and Refining Perry: Epistemological Development from a Christian Perspective

From: Volume 3, Issue 2: Fall 2006 Pages 260-277

Abstract

William G. Perry, Jr. was a pioneer in pointing out the importance and effect of a student's epistemological worldview in matters of education and learning. Over the years, his work has been both criticized and refined, leading to a new burgeoning field known as personal epistemology. Yet, Perry's introduction of the concept of epistemic "commitment" remains both relevant and informative. This article investigates the current state of personal epistemology and Perry's concept of "commitment," while providing both a critique and a discussion of implications for educators from an evangelical Christian point of view.

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