ERIC Number: EJ1055735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Threshold Concepts as a Focus for Metalearning Activity: Application of a Research-Developed Mechanism in Undergraduate Engineering
Meyer, Jan H. F.; Knight, David B.; Callaghan, David P.; Baldock, Tom E.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v52 n3 p277-289 2015
This paper reports on the development of metalearning capacity in the learning of a "threshold concept"--capacity of transformative significance relative to metalearning in the general response context of a discipline or subject. The development of metalearning capacity is framed within a protocol that invites students to self-construct a "learning profile" of themselves; reflect on it in light of theoretical considerations; and accordingly self-initiate changes to their learning behaviour. Findings are consistent with other studies in different disciplinary contexts that employed the same methodology--namely, that metalearning activity can be successfully focused on a particular threshold concept to benefit a substantial majority of students in a variety of ways ranging across a positive reinforcement of self, a change in conception of what "learning is," to self-initiated change. Metalearning activity is advocated as a theoretically sound, and pedagogically driven, learning intervention--one that adds value to the student learning experience.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Metacognition, Learning Experience, Engineering Education, Profiles, Self Concept, Behavior Change, Correlation, Student Reaction, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Learning Processes, Student Behavior, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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