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Navigating Uncertainty & Evidence: Teaching for Epistemic Cognition

Funding: 2026: $66,086
2023: $45,950
2024: $150,722
2025: $156,479

Project Member(s): Knight, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC DECRA Scheme)
Australian Research Council (ARC DECRA Scheme)

Start year: 2023

Summary: We are facing an epistemological crisis, grounded in changing technologies, fake news, and a distrust of experts. Developing capability to navigate uncertainty, disagreement, and evidence is one of the most pressing social issues of our time in order to develop a sustainable society, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Despite relevant research, little is known about the crucial practices of educators in supporting this learning. This project will bring classroom practice and a practical theory of epistemic cognition into synchrony, developing new knowledge and strategies for students to learn how to navigate uncertainty, disagreement, and evidence.

FOR Codes: Pedagogy, Teacher and instructor development, Secondary education, Learning sciences, Teacher education and professional development of educators, Human information behaviour