Best practice in developing and monitoring metacognitive skills and capabilities for children and young people to engage in assessment for learning


Assessment Research Centre | Published : 2012


Metacognition is thinking about thinking. It is considered an increasingly useful mechanism to enhance student learning, both in terms of immediate outcome and for helping students to understand their own learning processes. Metacognition is defined in several different ways but is predominantly identified as consisting of knowledge and regulation. There exists a large amount of evidence to suggest that metacognition supports effective learning. Several researchers conclude that effective learners are those using metacognition and metacognitively aware learners perform better than those who are unaware (Van Etten, Pressley, & Freebern, 1998; Van Meter, Yokoi, & Pressley, 1994; Garner and Ale..

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