Development of the Oldenburg Epistemic Beliefs Questionnaire (OLEQ), a German Questionnaire Based on the Epistemic Belief Inventory (EBI)

  • Manuela Romana Paechter Karl-Franzens-University Graz
  • Karin Rebmann Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Tobias Schloemer Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Bjoern Mokwinski Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Yvonne Hanekamp Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Martin Arendasy Karl-Franzens-University Graz
Keywords: epistemic beliefs, psychometric properties of the Oldenburg Epistemic Beliefs Questionnaire (OLEQ), learning strategies

Abstract

The present research describes the development of a German questionnaire for measurement of domain-general epistemic beliefs.  Pre-studies on the psychometric properties of a German version of the Epistemic Beliefs Inventory (EBI) had emphasized the necessity to develop an instrument that is especially constructed for German-speaking samples. The new questionnaire, the Oldenburg Epistemic Beliefs Questionnaire (OLEQ), is based on the Epistemic Beliefs Inventory and includes original EBI items as well as newly developed ones.  The investigation of the psychometric properties of the questionnaire in a German-speaking sample showed a factor solution in which nearly all items loaded on the theoretically assumed dimensions.  The stability of the factor solution could be confirmed by means of confirmatory factor analysis in another sample.  Retest reliabilities of the different questionnaire dimensions were satisfactory.  The dimensions of the new instrument correlated significantly, yet to a moderate to weak degree, to the use of learning strategies.

 

Author Biographies

Manuela Romana Paechter, Karl-Franzens-University Graz
Manuela Paechter is a full professor of Educational Psychology at Karl-Franzens University of Graz. Her primary research interests focus on individual traits and attitudes relevant for learning (anxiety, self-concept, beliefs), on learning with digital media, and on competence development and modelling.
Karin Rebmann, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Karin Rebmann is a full professor at the Institute of Vocational Training and Business Education at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. Her primary research interests center around epistemic beliefs of learners and teachers/instructors, learning in vocational contexts, didactics of business education, vocational education for sustainable development, and competence development and modelling.

Tobias Schloemer, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Tobias Schloemer is an assistant professor at the Institute of Vocational Training and Business Education at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. His primary research interests center around epistemic beliefs of learners and teachers/instructors, learning in vocational contexts, didactics of business education, vocational education for sustainable development, and competence development and modelling.

Bjoern Mokwinski, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Bjoern Mokwinski is a post-doc lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Vocational Training and Business Education at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. His primary research interests focus on epistemic beliefs and motivational tendencies of learners.

Yvonne Hanekamp, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Yvonne Hanekamp is a doctoral student at the Institute of Vocational Training and Business Education at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. Her primary research interests center around epistemic beliefs of teachers and instructors in vocational education and training.

Martin Arendasy, Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Martin Arendasy is a full professor of Psychological Methodology and Computer-Based Modelling at Karl-Franzens-University Graz. His primary research interests focus on automatic item generation and cognitive modelling by item-response theory.

Published
2013-01-16
How to Cite
Paechter, M. R., Rebmann, K., Schloemer, T., Mokwinski, B., Hanekamp, Y., & Arendasy, M. (2013). Development of the Oldenburg Epistemic Beliefs Questionnaire (OLEQ), a German Questionnaire Based on the Epistemic Belief Inventory (EBI). Current Issues in Education, 16(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1035
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