Tag Archives: Students

Developing Mindfulness as a Metacognitive Skill

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In this post, Ed Nuhfer explores the role of metacognition and mindfulness in the enhancement of student learning. Both, Nuhfer argues, can help bridge the gap between traditional pedagogies and more student-centered learning experiences.

Hypercorrection: Overcoming overconfidence with metacognition

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In this post, Jason Lodge argues that metacognition can help support student confidence while also helping to correct for overconfidence. He concludes, “it is vital that students develop metacognition so that they can monitor when they are wrong or when they are not progressing as they should be. If they can, then there is every chance that the learning experience can be more powerful as a result.”

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn: The Intersection of Rhetoric and Metacognition

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In this post, Dr. Amy Ratto Parks proposes a Meta-Rhetorical Triangle as a way to to support students’ successful navigation of writing assignments across the disciplines, and as a way to help instructors “offer the kinds of assignment details students really need in order to succeed in our classes.”

Pausing Mid-Stride: Mining Metacognitive Interruptions In the Classroom

In this post, Amy Ratto Parks shares an example of how to spot an opportunity for an in-the-moment metacognitive mini-lesson, making the intervention real and meaningful for her students.

Exploring the potential impact of reciprocal peer tutoring on higher education students’ metacognitive knowledge and regulation

Backer, Keer and Valcke’s study “explores the potential of reciprocal peer tutoring to promote both university students’ metacognitive knowledge and their metacognitive regulation skills. The study was conducted in a naturalistic higher education setting, involving 67 students tutoring each other during a complete semester.” Backer, Liesje De. (May 2012) . Exploring the potential impact of reciprocal peer tutoring on higher… Read more »

Student Motivation and Self-Regulated Learning in the College Classroom

This chapter talks about the problems in students’ motivation to learn and how self-regulated learning can provide some insights to issues such as, how come students care more about their grades than learning the disciplinary content of their courses?, why do students wait until the last minute to fulfill the obligations of their courses such as studying for an exam… Read more »

Some Developmental Trends in Metacognition

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In this post, Chris Was shares some of his research exploring the development of metacognition in young children. He finds that the difference between predicted recall performance and actual performance supports the hypothesis that metacognition is not a single skill that children have or not, but rather it is a complex of many skills and processes the children acquire through experiences and maturation.

Making sense of how I learn: Metacognitive capital and the first year university student

By Lodge and Larmar, This article focuses on how significant it is to encourage metacognitive processing as a means of increasing student retention, enhancing university engagement and lifelong learning. Larmar, S. & Lodge, J. (2014). Making sense of how I learn: Metacognitive capital and the first year university student. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(1)…. Read more »

Meta-Studying: Teaching Metacognitive Strategies to Enhance Student Success

“Elizabeth Yost Hammer, PhD, of Xavier University of Louisiana, discusses why psychology teachers are uniquely positioned not only to teach the content of psychology but also to teach students how to learn. Hammer presents some strategies to teach metacognitive skills in the classroom to enhance learning and improve study skills and encourages teachers to present students with information about Carol… Read more »

Dr. Derek Cabrera – How Thinking Works

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“Dr. Derek Cabrera is an internationally recognized expert in metacognition (thinking about thinking), epistemology (the study of knowledge), human and organizational learning, and education. He completed his PhD and post-doctoral studies at Cornell University and served as faculty at Cornell and researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. He leads the Cabrera Research Lab, is the author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a US patent. Derek discovered DSRP Theory and in this talk he explains its benefits and the imperative for making it part of every students’ life.”

Metacognition in Psychomotor Development and Positive Error Cultures

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.

The relationship between goals, metacognition, and academic success

In this article Savia Countinho investigates the relationship between mastery goals, performance goals, metacognition (using the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory), and academic success.

How Do You Increase Your Student’s Metacognition?

Aaron S. Richmond Metropolitan State University of Denver   How many times has a student come to you and said “I just don’t understand why I did so bad on the test?” or “I knew the correct answer but I thought the question was tricky.” or “I’ve read the chapter 5 times and I still don’t understand what you are… Read more »

Metacognition and Scaffolding Student Learning

Dr. Stephen Chew argues that, without metacognitive awareness, attempts at scaffolding may only create overconfidence in students without any learning. He uses the example of exam reviews to support his argument and follows with some ideas he has for intertwining metacognition with scaffolding in order to maximize its benefits.

Supports and Barriers to Students’ Metacognitive Development in a Large Intro Chemistry Course

In this post, Ashley Welsh describes her investigation of students’ metacognitive development in a large introductory organic chemistry course using pre/post metacognitive instrument, a student feedback survey, classroom observations, and student interviews. Her findings offer suggestions for course design and specific reasons why many students might struggle to implement metacognitive strategies.

Habits of Mind

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by Arthur L. Costa, Ed. D. (Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento). This paper summarizes 16 attributes of what human beings do when they behave intelligently, referred to as Habits of Mind.  Metacognition is the 5th mentioned (see a nice summary of all 16 on the final page). Dr. Costa points out that these “Habits of Mind transcend all subject matters commonly taught in… Read more »