1st Edition

Metacognition and Education: Future Trends

Edited By Shirley Larkin Copyright 2024
    222 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Metacognition is crucial to education in a changing world. The role of mobile applications, AI and global issues such as climate change make the need for developing learners with the ability to monitor and control their own thinking increasingly necessary. Metacognitive learners are learners who can draw on their own knowledge of their own thinking processes to optimise the conditions under which they learn best. Metacognitive learners are self-regulating and pro-active in motivating themselves to learn new skills. Metacognitive learners are strategic in terms of managing their own resources to get the best from every learning opportunity and to transfer that knowledge to new areas of work.

    This book is timely in demonstrating how metacognition research is addressing issues of importance in future education. The chapters are authored by an international group of scholars from four continents, who are experts in the field of metacognition and self regulation research. Drawing on their years of experience they look to the future to suggest the future trends in metacognition research. At the same time chapters are rooted in practical application and suggest ways in which the research can be translated into educational environments.

    The book addresses some new areas of metacognition research such as mind wandering as well as established areas such as teacher metacognition. We are also reminded to consider the social interactions between students and others and the role that relationships play in developing metacognition. Both researchers and educators of all types will find something of interest here. The book sets the trend for future trends in metacognition research.

    Shirley Larkin

    1. Understanding the role of mind wandering and mindfulness in creativity
    David D. Preiss and Benjamín Carmona

    2. Who are the students in metacognition research in high school science education? Reflections on ecological validity, representative design, and generalizability
    Gregory P. Thomas

    3. Teachers’ professional competence to support metacognition
    Charlotte Dignath and Yves Karlen

    4. Are students who use the internet to assist with assignments prone to metacognitive overestimations?
    Stephanie Pieschl , Janene Budd , and Björn Mattes

    5. The effect of metacognitive use of learning strategies on student test performance
    Eriko Ota, Emmanuel Manalo and Natalia Suárez Fernández

    6. Metacognition and self-regulated learning in manipulative robotic problem-solving task
    Margarida Romero and George Kalmpourtzis

    7. The role of automatic and analytic processes on mathematics performance: cognitive inhibition and metacognition
    Fatma Acar and Emine Erktin

    8. Supporting metacognitive and cognitive processes during self-study through mobile learning
    Martine Baars and Olga Viberg

    9. Teacher metacognition: Is there a role for personal construct psychology?
    Shirley Larkin

    10. Mindfulness as metacognition: Implications for research and practice in education
    Tomasz Jankowski


    Shirley Larkin is associate professor of education psychology in the School of Education, University of Exeter, UK. She researches the development and facilitation of metacognition across the life course, but with a specific focus on early years and primary education.