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STEM Educators' Lecture with Julie Dangremond Stanton (Hosted Online Via Zoom) In-Person

Metacognitive Regulation: How Undergraduate Students Evaluate and Adjust their Approaches to Learning in Science

Dr. Julie Dangremond Stanton, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia

Lecture Description:

Students with awareness and control of their own thinking can learn more and perform better than students who are not metacognitive. Metacognitive regulation is how you control your thinking in order to learn. It includes the skill of evaluation, which is the ability to appraise your approaches to learning and modify your plans based on those appraisals. Metacognitive skills can have a significant impact on learning and performance, but many undergraduate students are still developing these abilities. We need to understand the important changes that occur as students acquire these skills in order to help them develop their metacognition more effectively. In this interactive lecture, I will share results from our recent metacognition studies.

We used the task of preparing for an exam as a way to explore the metacognitive skills undergraduate students use to learn in the sciences. We analyzed data from life science students' self-evaluation assignments and research interviews. From this analysis, we proposed a continuum of metacognitive development in introductory life science students. We also gained insights into when, why, and how upper-division students evaluate their approaches to learning, and the barriers these students face when they try to change their plans based on their evaluations. These data have implications for how undergraduates learn in science. Together we will discuss evidence-based suggestions for instructors who want to help improve student metacognition.

This event will be hosted online via Zoom. The access link will be sent via email to all registered guests prior to the event.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Hosted Online via Zoom
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