Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Metacognition, Rational Thinking, Reason

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Although many higher education specialists expect that students should arrive at university or college with critical thinking abilities, they don’t. The myelination of the frontal lobes enables abstract thinking with 60% of grade 12 students only above to understand and manipulate two abstract concepts simultaneously. Higher order thinking skills rely on the ability to understand … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Metacognition, The Science of Learning, Thinking & Learning

Metacognition: Knowing what you Know

Metacognition is thinking about thinking or is a set of skills that allows us to control and direct our cognitive abilities. Metacognition? Cognition first. I was in my first cognition class as a 30-year-old adult before I had any idea what cognition is. I took the class because cognitive psychology was one of the areas … Continue reading

Metacognition

The Science of Learning: Metacognition in Education

Not only is it difficult to measure and develop metacognitive skills, but the current state of education systematically stifles metacognitive development. One of the hallmarks of metacognitive development is divergent thinking. Divergent thinking requires an individual to think of different ways that a solution can be reached. It requires cognitive flexibility, as well as critical … Continue reading

Metacognition

The Science of Learning: Metacognition in Life

As with most of the higher order thinking skills, metacognition plays a wider role in life than just academic work. However, metacognition has, by far, the widest reaching effects in people's lives as the following list demonstrates. This is likely the reason why educators have focussed and tried to develop metacognition in children. Unfortunately, because … Continue reading

Metacognition

The Science of Learning: Metacognition

Metacognition is a set of skills that allow us to control and direct our cognitive abilities. Metacognition? Cognition first. I was in my first cognition class as a 30-year-old adult before I had any idea what cognition is. I took the class because cognitive psychology was one of the areas I was required to study … Continue reading