Gustavson Talks to 'Charlotte Parent' About Metacognitive Understanding

November 2, 2011

Dr. Leif Gustavson, Chairman, Education Department, Coordinator of Secondary English Education and Middle School Education Programs, was quoted in an article titled, "Learning Beyond the Books" recently posted in the Charlotte Parent.

Smart kids think about their own thinking: they can take multiple perspectives and they're aware of their own biases and assumptions. "Metacognition isn't about grades," says Leif Gustavson, PhD, associate professor of education at Arcadia University in Glenside, Penn., "but it helps kids study efficiently and use knowledge effectively." Students need to understand how and why they are learning the material in a particular class. When students understand teachers' methods, they can direct their own learning

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