Welcome to readers who are visiting from my January 18th column in The Chronicle of Higher Education on metacognition, student learning, and American Idol. Below I have listed a few additional resources that were given to me by Stephen Chew, Ph.D. for readers who are interested in learning more about the subject of metacognition and its implications for teaching and learning. Below each resources I have provided a brief summary comment by Prof. Chew.
To start your research, though, I would definitely recommend beginning by watching Chew's entire five-part video series on learning for students or anyone else interested in the topic.
Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DePietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
SC: A good overview of cognitive process involved in effective teaching that includes a discussion of metacognition.
Smith, M. K., Wood, W. B., Adams, W. K., Wieman, C., Knight, J. K., Guild N., Su T. T. (2009). Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions, Science, 323 (5910), 122-124.
SC: An article that demonstrates the effectiveness of ConcepTests.
Angelo, T. A. & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
SC: There are lots of good resources for formative assessment online, but this compilation is a classic.
Dunning, D., Heath, C., & Suls, J. M. (2004). Flawed self-assessment implications for health, education, and the workplace. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 5, 69-106.
SC: More on the implications of poor metacognition or self-awareness in education and other contexts.
As a final note, I am always on the lookout for new ideas, people, or programs to recommend to faculty to help us all do our jobs more effectively. If you know of a teaching and learning resource that you believe the world should learn more about, send me an e-mail or post it below and I will consider it for a column.