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ERIC Number: ED375168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 9
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Testing the Limits: Tool for Assessing Metacognitive Skills and the Zone of Proximal Development.
Savage, Luise B.
At present, there are no formal tests to assess adequately the ways in which a child processes information. Furthermore, scores on current measures cannot be directly interpreted, with few exceptions, as direct measures of cognitive processes, and results are difficult to translate directly into remediation goals or instructional objectives. Testing-the-limits is suggested as a means to establish methods a child uses to solve a problem, providing insight about a child's metacognition. In testing-the-limits, the examiner: (1) provides additional clues; (2) changes modality; (3) establishes methods used by the examinee; (4) eliminates time limits; and (5) asks probing questions. The technique is also useful in finding the child's zone of proximal development (degree of competence that can be achieved with aid). Such information can help psychologists provide more relevant instructional strategies for children. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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