chapter  9
Epistemic Cognition in History
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The empirical study of epistemic cognition, and of the beliefs people hold that affect it, spans a relatively long history, beginning perhaps at least with Piaget (1950), who in turn influenced scholars such as Perry (1970) in North America. Systematic work in the domain of epistemic cognition in history is much more recent. In part, the late entry of such studies of discipline-specific epistemic beliefs and cognition might be understood as originating in a renewed, 1980s focus on important differences in how disciplines structure and defend knowledge claims and especially on the roles such differences play in learning (e.g. Alexander et al., 2011; Buehl & Alexander, 2001; Donald, 2002; Gardner & Dyson, 1994).