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Metacognition (Learning and Mathematics)

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Author:Alan Schoenfeld; Math Forum
Description: In his 1987 book, Cognitive science and mathematics education, Schoenfeld wrote a chapter called "What's all the fuss about metacognition?" in response to a challenge from mathematicians (among them Joe Crosswhite, Henry Pollak, Anna Henderson, and Steve Maurer) to explain "what metacognition is, why it's important, and what to do about it - all in clear language that we can understand." Schoenfeld's explanation describes metacognition, or reflecting on how we think, through a discussion of how a problem was solved and what it was about, or where and why a difficulty occurred in the process of problem solving. He also proposes some ways metacognition could be used in the classroom. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

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