Epistemological beliefs of electrical engineering: A case study

Pao Nan Chou, Wei Fan Chen

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This study investigates electrical engineering students' engineering epistemological beliefs by using the Chinese version of the Epistemological Beliefs Assessment for Engineering (CEBAE). We recruited 468 electrical engineering students from two research-based universities in Taiwan. Prior to the study, confirmatory factor analysis and reliability testing involving 188 engineering students were performed to evaluate the validity and reliability of the CEBAE. The results revealed that Taiwanese engineering students in research-based universities had only slightly sophisticated engineering epistemological beliefs. Students' educational backgrounds influenced their engineering epistemological beliefs. As the grade level progressed, students' engineering epistemological beliefs became more sophisticated (with the exception of the third year). Female engineering students exhibited significantly more sophisticated engineering epistemological beliefs compared with their male counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1935-1941
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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