Forrester, B. (2006). An Exploration of Epistemological Understanding and Participation in Online Knowledge Building Communities. University of Toronto.
Marlene recommended it to me, to inform me of my thinking on epistemological issues in KB and promisingness.
The idea of belief-mode vs. design-mode epistemology is interesting. (This thesis integrates Marlene’s analysis of Kuhn and Perry research, clarifying that it represents a belief-mode epistemology.)
The thesis studies development of epistemological beliefs of graduate students in online courses. Epistemological beliefs were analyzed using: surveys, interviews, (reflective) learning logs, and KF note posts. Knowledge Forum log data (like note reading, writing, revising) are used to enrich the analysis.
However, belief-mode epistemology is simply conceived as showing signs of caring for idea improvement. I believe work on this frontier can be further advanced.