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. 1

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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