In this blog post, Dr. Ed Nuhfer makes parallels between metacognitive awareness of academic learning to the more intuitive learning that occurs in the psychomotor domain (e.g. learning from mistakes when learning to ski or play tennis). He also highlights the powerful influence of a positive error culture, where people are encouraged to acknowledge and learn from errors rather than hide them.
In this article Savia Countinho investigates the relationship between mastery goals, performance goals, metacognition (using the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory), and academic success.
Dr. Lauren Scharff shares a personal example to illustrate the challenges in shifting from a focus on content and content-related disciplinary skills to a focus on higher-level thinking and metacognitive skills. She concludes with some suggestions for those desiring to “break the content mold.”
In this post, Steven Fleisher argues that establishing a caring classroom environment will support autonomy, motivation, and self-regulation, all of which help lead to the development of a metacognitive learner. He also shares two strategies (concept inventories and collaborative learning) that have helped him support such efforts.
Guest blogger Michael Serra argues that students can see metacognition as a sexy topic if instructors provide students with opportunities to build confidence in self-regulation, self-explanation, and self-interrogation techniques.