Embedding epistemic insight (EI) in teacher training programmes in English universities: barriers and how to overcome them

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Billingsley, B., Riga, F., Windsor, Mark and Gordon, A. 2023. Embedding epistemic insight (EI) in teacher training programmes in English universities: barriers and how to overcome them. Teacher Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2023.2236056
AuthorsBillingsley, B., Riga, F., Windsor, Mark and Gordon, A.
Abstract

Entrenched compartmentalisation of curriculum subjects and
‘teaching to the test’ can leave students with limited understanding of the nature and interaction of disciplines. The necessity of developing future teachers’ epistemic insight (EI) and equipping them with strategies to address the gaps between subjects has been pushed to the fore by challenges that emerged during the pandemic.

This article examines the extent to which epistemic insight is understood by Initial Teacher Education tutors and features in their programmes as well as their recommendations for increasing the inclusion of multidisciplinary approaches in education, based on qualitative and quantitative research. While initial findings revealed a poor understanding of EI, its importance was broadly acknowledged, and the follow-up survey revealed progress in the form of greater engagement with and inclusion of EI by tutors in teacher education. This research was done in the context of a new inspection framework distinguishing substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

KeywordsEducation
Year2023
JournalTeacher Development
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1366-4530
1747-5120
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2023.2236056
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13664530.2023.2236056?scroll=top&needAccess=true&role=tab
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FunderTempleton World Charity Foundation
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Mierzwa, G., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2018. The electronic structure of molecules with the B F and B Cl bond in light of the topological analysis of electron localization function: Possibility of multiple bonds? International Journal of Quantum Chemistry. 118, p. e25781. https://doi.org/10.1002/qua.25781
On the nature of the boron–copper interaction. Topological study of the electron localisation function (ELF)
Mierzwa, G., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2018. On the nature of the boron–copper interaction. Topological study of the electron localisation function (ELF). New Journal of Chemistry . 42, pp. 17096-17114. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nj03516d
Characterisation of the reaction mechanism between ammonia and formaldehyde from the topological analysis of ELF and catastrophe theory perspective
Cmikiewicz, A., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2018. Characterisation of the reaction mechanism between ammonia and formaldehyde from the topological analysis of ELF and catastrophe theory perspective. Structural Chemistry. 29, pp. 243-255. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11224-017-1024-x
Epistemic insight and the power and limitations of science in multidisciplinary arenas
Billingsley, B. and Hardman, M. 2017. Epistemic insight and the power and limitations of science in multidisciplinary arenas. School Science Review. 99 (367), pp. 16-18.
Epistemic insight and classrooms with permeable walls
Billingsley, B. and Ramos Arias, A. 2017. Epistemic insight and classrooms with permeable walls. School Science Review. 99 (367), pp. 44-53.
Epistemic insight: teaching and learning about the nature of science in real-world and multidisciplinary arenas
Billingsley, B. and Hardman, M. 2017. Epistemic insight: teaching and learning about the nature of science in real-world and multidisciplinary arenas. School Science Review.
Teaching and learning about epistemic insight
Billingsley, B. 2017. Teaching and learning about epistemic insight. School Science Review.
The nature of inter- and intramolecular interactions in F2OXe…HX (X= F, Cl, Br, I) complexes
Makarewicz, E., Lundell, J., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2016. The nature of inter- and intramolecular interactions in F2OXe…HX (X= F, Cl, Br, I) complexes. Journal of Molecular Modeling. 22 (119). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00894-016-2970-8
The electronic structure of the xenon insertion compounds XXe–MX2 (X = F, Cl, Br, I; M = B, Al, Ga)
Makarewicz, E., Gordon, A. and Berski, S. 2016. The electronic structure of the xenon insertion compounds XXe–MX2 (X = F, Cl, Br, I; M = B, Al, Ga). Polyhedron. 117, pp. 97-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.poly.2016.05.025
On the nature of interactions in the F2OXe…NCCH3 complex: Is there the Xe(IV)-N bond?
Makarewicz, E,, Lundell, J., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2016. On the nature of interactions in the F2OXe…NCCH3 complex: Is there the Xe(IV)-N bond? Journal of Computational Chemistry. 37 (20), pp. 1876-1886. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcc.24402
Diversity of the nature of the nitrogen-oxygen bond in inorganic and organic nitrites in the light of topological analysis of electron localisation function (ELF)
Berski, S. and Gordon, A. J. 2016. Diversity of the nature of the nitrogen-oxygen bond in inorganic and organic nitrites in the light of topological analysis of electron localisation function (ELF). in: Applications of Topological Methods in Molecular Chemistry https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-29022-5_19 Springer. pp. 529-551
How many electrons form chemical bonds in the NgBeS (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe) molecules? Topological study using the electron localisation function (ELF) and electron localisability indicator (ELI-D)
Makarewicz, E., Gordon, A.J. and Berski, S. 2016. How many electrons form chemical bonds in the NgBeS (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe) molecules? Topological study using the electron localisation function (ELF) and electron localisability indicator (ELI-D). Structural Chemistry. 27, pp. 57-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11224-015-0719-0
The DFT study on the reaction between benzaldehyde and 4-amine-4H-1,2,4-triazole and their derivatives as a source of stable hemiaminals and schiff bases. Effect of substitution and solvation on the reaction mechanism
Berski, S., Gordon, A. J. and Ciunik, Z.L. 2015. The DFT study on the reaction between benzaldehyde and 4-amine-4H-1,2,4-triazole and their derivatives as a source of stable hemiaminals and schiff bases. Effect of substitution and solvation on the reaction mechanism. Journal of Molecular Modeling. 21, p. 57. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00894-015-2606-4
Nature of the bonding in the AuNgX (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe; X = F, Cl, Br, I) molecules. Topological study on electron density and the electron localization function (ELF)
Makarewicz, E., Gordon, A. J. and Berski, S. 2015. Nature of the bonding in the AuNgX (Ng = Ar, Kr, Xe; X = F, Cl, Br, I) molecules. Topological study on electron density and the electron localization function (ELF). Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 119 (11), p. 2401–2412. https://doi.org/10.1021/jp508266k
On the multiple B-O bonding using the topological analysis of electron localisation function (ELF)
Mierzwa, G., Gordon, A. J., Latajka, Z. and Berski, S. 2014. On the multiple B-O bonding using the topological analysis of electron localisation function (ELF). Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 1053, pp. 130-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comptc.2014.10.003