Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view Series Editor: It is only through this critical evaluation that students can distinguish among competing claims for truth and determine which arguments and points of views they can trust and those of which they should be skeptical. Learning how to analyze and critically evaluate arguments thus helps them to develop a sound framework to test their own arguments and advance their own points of view.
They do this by gaining a level of awareness above the subject matter: Metacognitive practices help students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses as learners, writers, readers, test-takers, group members, etc. This research suggests that increased metacognitive abilities—to learn specific and correct skills, how to recognize them, and how to practice them—is needed in many contexts.
She first describes four assignments for explicit instruction p. What did not work so well that I should not do next time or that I should change? We must offer alternatives and then challenge students to test the efficacy of those approaches.
A common assignment in English composition courses is the self-assessment essay in which students apply course criteria to articulate their strengths and weaknesses within single papers or over the course of the semester.
These activities can be adapted to assignments other than exams or essays, such as projects, speeches, discussions, and the like. As these examples illustrate, for students to become more metacognitive, they must be taught the concept and its language explicitly Pintrich, ; Tanner,though not in a content-delivery model simply a reading or a lecture and not in one lesson.
Metacognition instruction should also be embedded with the content and activities about which students are thinking. In explicitly connecting a learning context to its relevant processes, learners will be more able to adapt strategies to new contexts, rather than assume that learning is the same everywhere and every time.
This kind of modeling is a good practice in metacognition instruction, as suggested by Tanner above. What would such a handout look like for your discipline?
Students can even be metacognitively prepared and then prepare themselves for the overarching learning experiences expected in specific contexts. Similarly, in courses with sensitive subject matter, a different kind of learning occurs, one that involves complex emotional responses.
References Bransford, John D. Brain, mind, experience, and school. Baker, Linda, and Brown, Ann L. Metacognitive skills and reading.Teachers are exposed to a constant barrage of methodologies that promise to improve both instructional strategies and student learning through institute days, team meetings, seminars and the media.
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Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application.