ERIC Number: ED180610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Metacognition and Adult-Child Interaction.
Wertsch, James V.
The concept of metacognition (as outlined by investigators such as Flavell and Brown) is explicated and extended by drawing on the theoretical ideas developed in Soviet psychology. In this paper 'metacognition' refers to the subject's ability to monitor, integrate and coordinate various aspects of a task. It is proposed that the notion of goal-directedness must be included in the analysis of metacognition, and it is argued that an account of the regulation of human cognition must address the issue of how this regulation is carried out in social ("interpsychological") as well as individual ("Intrapsychological") functioning. Social interaction is then analyzed in terms of a hierarchy of types of communicative moves, and adult-child interaction is analyzed in terms of this hierarchy. Levels of the hierarchy of communicative moves are: intended effect acts, mutual belief acts, conventional acts, linguistic acts. Special attention is devoted to adult-child interaction found in situations where an adult is attempting to provide metacognitive assistance to a child. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Luria (A R); Vygotsky (Lev S)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Learning Disabilities (Evanston, Illinois, May 20, 1977)