Tag Archives: Metacognition in STEM

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.”

A Whole New Engineer: A Whole New Challenge

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In this post, Dr. Roman Taraban shares a movement in some engineering colleges to break the stereotype of engineers being geeky, asocial, introverts. The efforts shared in the post promote a more “whole” engineer who is able to reflect on her/his practice and navigate complex environments. Dr. Taraban explores whether or not this reflective approach means that such “whole” engineers are also metacognitive in their practices.

Metacognition in STEM courses: A Developmental Path

In this post Roman Taraban shares a research effort examining student problem solving in an engineering course, aligning responses to three stages of development: surface, algorithmic, and deep conceptual, (Case and Marshall 2004), the latter of which involves processes characteristic of metacognitive thinking.