You Too Can.... Improve With Metacognition!

Concurrent Session 8

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Metacognition refers to an intentional focusing of attention on the development of a process. It encourages awareness of one’s current state of accomplishment, along with the situational influences and strategy choices that are currently, or have previously, influenced accomplishment of that process. Through metacognition, one should become better able to accurately judge one’s progress and select strategies that will lead to success. There are two primary goals of this website. First, we want to highlight and focus on how metacognition plays a key role in the process of learning academic content and developing skills in higher education. Second, we want to highlight and focus on how metacognition may play a key role in the process of teaching (i.e., metacognitive instruction). We consider this site to be a collaborative resource for both students and teachers, and we welcome additional contributions from both!



Lauren Scharff is the inaugural Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Program and Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the U. S. Air Force Academy, where she has worked since 2008. Prior to that she was a professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University where she started working in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology in December, 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin. Courses she has taught include introductory psychology, leadership, research methods, biopsychology, and perception, and she has won several teaching awards. Her current research focuses on a variety of topics within SoTL, although she sometimes still collaborates on research projects in the human factors or visual perception areas.

Extended Abstract