Applied Metacognition

Applied Metacognition

Applied Metacognition

Applied Metacognition

Synopsis

There is a growing theoretical and practical interest in the topic of metacognition: how mental processses are monitored and controlled. This study overviews the relationship between theories in metacognition and their real-world applications. In addition to a theoretical overview, chapters cover metacognition in three areas: education, everyday life memory and in diverse populations.

Excerpt

The seeds for this volume were planted prior to the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) conference in Boulder, Colorado. The editors of this volume planned to organize a symposium for the conference on applications of metacognition research. Within days of their initial emails to potential participants, the symposium had become symposia, and in the end, there were three separate sessions on metacognition at that conference. The enthusiasm of metacognition researchers, generally a theoretically oriented lot, for applications was palpable. Most of these chapters stem from discussions held at that conference.

During the conference barbecue, the editors began mapping out a volume to be called Applied metacognition, whilst simultaneously contemplating the Rocky Mountains in the distance, trying to eat a barbecue with a plastic knife while sitting on the grass, and helping themselves to the contents of a complimentary bar. The conversation and wine flowed freely, and eventually the current volume took shape. Our aim was a book that would cover as many potential applications of metacognitive research as possible and would be inclusive of different approaches within the field. To meet this aim, we decided to approach some of the foremost researchers in the area. Fortunately, many of them were at the same barbecue, and so the task was not as onerous as it might have been.

There are many people to thank who helped us prepare the book. We gratefully acknowledge all of the authors who contributed to this book. Others were instrumental to the book's genesis. Tom Nelson and Janet Metcalfe, although they did not contribute chapters, encouraged us and provided us with ideas and inspiration. We especially thank Chris Moulin for providing the cover photograph. We are immensely indebted to Sarah Caro at Cambridge University Press both for encouragement and for gently directing us towards completion.

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