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Research questions

The ChiPE project aims to explore children’s, teachers’ and families’ beliefs about knowledge and knowing in the school context in order to promote effective learning and teaching.

In order to gain a better understanding of personal epistemology in classrooms, the research will answer the following questions:

  1. How children’s personal epistemology is taken into account in elementary classrooms as far as teaching and learning is concerned?
  2. How dialogic learning contexts enhance the inclusion of the families’ epistemic beliefs in school in order to capitalise on their knowledge?
  3. In what ways do schools working as learning communities better understand teachers’, children’s and families’ epistemic beliefs and include children’s funds of knowledge?


The project runs from April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2015.