Metacognition and Student Learning

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This January 2012 Chronicle of Higher Education article by James M. Lang starts with a comparison between poor American Idol contestants and poor students – both show “an inability to judge accurately their own level of skill or knowledge in a specific area.” He also shares an informative exchange with Dr. Stephen Chew regarding metacognition – what is meant by “metacognition” and some general classroom strategies to help students become more accurate in their self-assessment of ability or understanding.

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