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Friday, February 10 • 09:00 - 10:00
Developing and enhancing students as effective learners: The case for Metacognition

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There is no doubt that education faces many challenges, and that there are many ideas proposed to meet these challenges. However, while some look for ‘new’ ideas, many of which are bound for the fad waste bin, proposals to improve students’ learning that are grounded in existing empirical research are often overlooked or even unknown to many. Developing and enhancing students’ metacognition is known to enhance their learning and self-regulation, and also their dispositions to learning. Metacognition is defined as an individual’s knowledge, control and awareness of his/her thinking and learning processes and the thinking and learning processes of others. All students are metacognitive to some extent, but often their learning processes and strategies are appropriate for the learning they are asked to undertake. There is a need for students to be explicitly taught about how to think and learn in concert with the material and skills to be learned. This requires considerations of alternatives to existing pedagogies that attend explicitly to, in the first instance, students’ declarative, procedural and conditional knowledge of the thinking and learning strategies required to learn and apply new material and skills. Often these considerations involve exploring how learning and thinking are described and explained to students.


Greg Thomas

Professor, The University of Alberta
Dr. Gregory P. Thomas is a faculty member at the University of Alberta with a focus on learning theory and science education. In particular, he focuses on metacognition theory and the development and enhancement of students' metacognition in everyday classrooms and learning settings... Read More →

Friday February 10, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 90