Gender Differences in Perceived Equality and Personal Knowledge System Development on Personal Learning Network


The purpose of this research is to investigate how personal learning network (PLN) facilitates individuals to build up their own epistemologies of the interpretation for their knowledge system. Based on three interviews and literature reviews, this study intends to develop and validate a personal epistemology development scale (PEDS) on PLNs to understand learner knowledge constructions. 561 valid data from the participants in two studies (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis) were analyzed for the research purpose. The results of these studies supported an 18-item, 4-factor PEDS: description, analysis, vision, and strategy. The results also reveal that equality significantly influences the process of theory development especially for the stage of vision. The result moreover shows gender differences existing in the perception of equality on PLN environment, in the description and in the vision stages.

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Chu, R. (2014) Gender Differences in Perceived Equality and Personal Knowledge System Development on Personal Learning Network. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 56-62. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.212008.

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