Metacognition is…

Thinking about thinking. Metacognitive practices help students learn how to gain active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning.

Activities such as planning how to approach a given learning task, monitoring comprehension, and evaluating progress toward the completion of a task are metacognitive in nature. Because metacognition plays a critical role in successful learning, it is important to study metacognitive activity and development to determine how students can be taught to better apply their cognitive resources through metacognitive control. 1http://gse.buffalo.edu/fas/shuell/cep564/metacog.htm

Recommended Prerequisites

None at this time.

Course Outcomes

Participants will understand:

  • What metacognition is;
  • The impact metacognition has upon learning;
  • Strategies that help students use metacognitive skills;
  • Ways to promote metacognitive awareness in the classroom.

Reflective Questions

  • What is metacognition?
  • How and why is metacognition used?
  • What strategies help students use metacognitive skills?

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