Thinking about thinking: Helping students build metacognition

Paula Wilson

Students spend a lot of time thinking, but how often do they think about their thinking? Research shows that students with strong metacognitive skills are better learners, so how can we encourage our students to build those skills? This interactive session will explore the nature of metacognition, its connection to effective learning, and ways that instructors can help students develop stronger metacognitive skills. An AIF-supported project currently underway to incorporate metacognitive activities into first year biology will also be described.

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