ERIC Number: ED253580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
In Search of Meta-Cognition: Phenomenological or a Semantic Issue?
Holowinsky, Ivan Z.
Even a superficial review of the literature on cognition would suggest that philosophers of the past and psychologists of the present frequently were concerned with the same problems. For the past three centuries, psychologists and philosophers have relied upon the concept of cognition to describe complex human functions such as memory, thinking, problem solving, and planning. The term metacognition is now used by some authors to describe complex cognitive functions, but not by others. In this context, it is appropriate to raise the question, "What does the concept meta mean linguistically, and how has it been applied by some scholars to the process of cognition?" The differences between the concepts of physical and metaphysical as used by Aristotle are phenomenological, not just semantic. However, it is apparent that lack of clarity and some confusion exists in the psychological literature as to the use of the concept "metacognition". In the final analysis, metacognition might be a semantically useful concept, but one which does not explain anything new. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 25, 1984).