Fisher, R. (1998). Thinking about thinking: Developing metacognition in children. Early Child Development and Care, 141, 1-13.
The purpose of this article is to explore metacognition. Fisher discusses the history of metacognition in psychology and education and why metacognitive skills are important to learning. The author also explains how metacognition develops in children and how teachers can teach to help foster students’ metacognitive skills. Fisher includes key works in teaching, thinking and learning, metacognitive questions to raise levels of awareness, specific tasks that provide both cognitive and metacognitive challenge, and examples of metacognitive discussion with children. Overall, Fisher maintains that “thinking about thinking” is essential in education and that teachers must help children develop their metacognitive skills.
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