Thursday, August 31, 2006

Metacognition for dummies

In my current reading (link) I came across some very understandable text re: the construct of metacognition. Maybe others will find these explanations useful in your research, writing, talking to parents, etc.
  • "Metacognition (literally "thinking about thinking") is commonly used to refer to the selection and monitoring processes, as well as to more general activities reflecting on and directing one's own thinking" (p. 78)
  • "Metacognition depends on two things: knowing one's mental capabilities and being able to step back from problem solving activities to evaluate one's progress" (p.78 --- this is the quote I particularly liked)

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