Author Archives: Lauren Scharff

Practicing Metacognitive Instruction Informs Continuous Class Improvement While Reinforcing Student Self-Awareness of Learning

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In this Teaching with Metacognition example, Lara Watkins shares how to use a a series of mid-course reflections to support continuous course improvement.

A Project-Based Method to Help Students Practice Study Strategies in an Authentic Context

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Hillary Steiner shares an assignment that develops time management, communication, and study strategies in the process of preparing for an actual test.

Encouraging Metacognition in the Advanced Physics Lab

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Melissa EblenZayas shares “metacognitive support activities in the form of written reflections and class discussions to help students develop better approaches to dealing with challenges that arise in open-ended experimental work in an advanced lab course in physics.”

Addressing Metacognition Deficits in First Semester Calculus Students: Getting Students to Effectively Self-Evaluate their Understanding

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Derek Martinez shares two activities he uses to help students better self-assess their understanding prior to taking exams.

Practice with a Reasoning Process to Make Learning Visible and Improve Academic Performance

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Jessica Santangelo shares how she promotes metacognitive development through the use of multiple opportunities to practice a specific reasoning process.

The impact of metacognitive activities on student attitudes towards experimental physics

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This article by Melissa Eblen-Zayas, Ph.D., shares the implementation of metacognitive activities in an advanced Physics lab. She reports that “the introduction of metacognitive activities in an advanced lab where the laboratory work is not carefully scripted may improve students’ enthusiasm for experimental work and confidence in their ability to be successful in such work.”

Metacognitive Awareness of Learning Strategies in Undergraduates

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This article by Jennifer McCabe presents the results of two studies focusing on metacognitive awareness of learning strategies in undergraduates. The results suggest “that undergraduates are largely unaware of several specific strategies that could benefit memory for course information; further, training in applied learning and memory topics has the potential to improve metacognitive judgments in these domains.

The Strategy Project

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This study presents an instructional method that requires deliberate practice of self-regulated learning strategies including active reading, management of study time and achievement goals, proactive interaction with faculty, and metacognitive reflection within the context of a student-selected course. Four instructors implemented the assignment–called “The Strategy Project”–in their first-year seminar courses, and student reflection papers were analyzed for emerging themes. These themes… Read more »