Understanding yourself using metacognitive awareness


The term “metacognition” came from Flavell and was defined as “thoughts about your own thoughts”(1979). Later on, other terms were associated with metacognition such as: self awareness, self reflection, and introspection. When looking at past research, it is clear there were some disagreements about whether it is possible to think, and think about thinking at the same time.

“As for observing… intellectual phenomena while they are taking place, this is clearly impossible. The thinking subject cannot divide himself into two parts, one of which would reason, while the other would observe its reasoning. In this instance, the observing and the observed organ being identical, how would observation take place? The very principle upon which [the introspection] is based, therefore, is invalid” (Dunlosky & Metcalfe, 2009).

Nevertheless, it was found that being aware of your own prefered thinking and learning style was helpful enough. Furthermore, your metacognitive knowledge is known to…

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