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Getting students to think about learning

When people think about what they are doing or what they are thinking about, they tend to have more insight into what they are doing or learning.  Psychologists call this process meta-cognition.  Educators are now emphasizing the importance of meta-cognition in the education process.  Here are a few ways that you can incorporate meta-cognition into your courses:

  • Ask students to write a justification for their work.   This is like showing the work in mathematics.
  • Ask students to keep learning journal that records their questions or lack of understanding as they study or read assignments.  These questions can be addressed to the teacher in class or during reviews.
  • Ask students to assess how confident they are in their ability to solve problems in your discipline or to learn new material



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