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Dimensions of epistemic authority of university professors

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Author(s): SOLVEIGA BLUMBERGA

Journal: Social and Natural Sciences Journal
ISSN 1804-4158

Volume: 5;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Epistemic beliefs | Perceived epistemic authority

ABSTRACT
The article analyses the issue of the concept of socialepistemology regarding knowledge transmission from thepoint of view of social psychology. Knowledge transmissionis related to the epistemic aspect of authority, which isdemonstrated by the structural element of authority – sourceof knowledge or the assumed truth. In higher education, thedistinction of epistemology is related to epistemologicalviews, their multiple dimensions which show the extent andtype how students perceive professors as epistemicauthorities – sources of knowledge who are trusted andrelied on.
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