Leveraging Metacognition to Strengthen Learning

Peggy A. Weissinger, EdD, MBA

Peggy Weissinger, EdD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership Education at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), the inaugural director of the GUMC Teaching Academy for the Health Sciences and the Associate Dean for Educational Scholarship. She additionally serves as the Co-Director for the Medical Education Research Scholar Track, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has been a Medical Education Research (MERC) facilitator for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) since 2011 and is the north east regional director of the AAMC Leadership (LEAD) program.

Leveraging Metacognition to Strengthen Learning

"Metacogniton is the ability to use prior knowledge to plan a strategy for approaching a learning task, take the necessary steps to problem solve, reflect on and evaluate results, and modify one's approach as needed." (TEAL Center Fact Sheet - link below).

"To become self-directed learners, students must learn to assess the demands of the task, evaluate their own knowledge and skills, plan their approach, monitor their progress, and adjust their strategies as needed." (Ambrose et al. 2010:188)

During this "bite" metacognition will be explained and the modelling of metacognition illustrated.  The concept of self-evaluation as an important component of meta cognition will be explained as well as examples of its' practice discussed.

At the end of the professinall development byte you will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between cognition and metacognition
  • Implement strategies to help learners develop metacognition

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Leveraging Metacognition to Strengthen Learning (CME Credit)

Leveraging Metacognition to Strengthen Learning (Non CME Credit)

Resources

  1. TEAL Center Fact Sheet No. 4: Metacognitive Processes
  2. Ambrose, SA. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. May 2010. Jossey-Bass
  3. Flavell, JH. (1979) Metacognition and Cognitive Monitoring. A New Area of Cognitive-Developmental Inquiry. Vol.34, No.10, 906-911

Release date: June 1, 2017

Expiration date: May 31, 2020

Dr. Weissinger has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships