Metacognition

A prominent feature of the EvaluateUR-CURE method is timely instructor-provided feedback for students that is designed to help them enhance their metacognitive skills. Metacognition is characterized by an ongoing awareness of one's own thinking and willingness to make adjustments based on that awareness. The following videos and accompanying optional activities are designed specifically for strengthening students' metacognitive abilities.

Introduction to Metacognition

The following video is an introduction to the process of metacognition.

Download the Introduction to Metacognition video (MP4 Video 153.6MB Apr8 21)

Metacognition Exercises

The following video introduces the EvaluateUR-CURE Metacognition exercises. These exercises are designed to help build students' metacognitive skills that support student growth in both coursework and research projects. Students can apply these skills as they continue their education and enter the workplace.

Download the Metacognition Exercises video (MP4 Video 84.2MB Apr8 21)

The following documents are in draft form and are for internal team use only at this time. They will be made publicly available at a later date:

  1. Instructor Guidebook (Download the Instructor Guidebook for the Metacognition exercises (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 43kB Apr13 21)
  2. List of Metacognition Exercises (Download the List of Metacognition Exercises (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21))
  3. List of Paired Metacognition Exercises with TimingDownload the List of Paired Metacognition Exercises with Timing (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 12kB Apr13 21)

The following list includes brief descriptions of all of the Metacognition Exercises:

Learning from past projects

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they've navigated past projects and assignments. It can be used anytime or paired with Developing project management skills. The goal is to help them learn from those experiences and develop the independence necessary for research project. Download Learning from past projects (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Developing project management skills

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they are currently navigating their research project. It is best given after the research process has begun, but before the project has concluded. Download Developing project management skills (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Thinking about how to ask good questions

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they formulate questions as well as how they generate answers. This exercise can be used anytime or paired with Thinking about how to ask good research questions. The aim is to prompt students to think about disciplinary modes of thinking and what constitutes appropriate evidence. Download Thinking about how to ask good questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Thinking about how to ask good research questions

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they formulate questions central to their research as well as what counts as adequate evidence. This exercise is best given at the beginning of the research process. The aim is to prompt students to connect disciplinary modes of thinking with research projects. Download Thinking about how to ask good research questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Building resilience

This exercise is intended to help students reflect on how they can overcome obstacles. It asks them to think back to a prior experience and draw out lessons that might help them succeed in their research projects. This exercise can be used anytime or paired with Building research resilience.Download Building resilience (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Building research resilience

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they're coping with setbacks related to the research process. It is best given after the research process has begun, but before the project has concluded. Download Building research resilience (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Reading with a purpose

This activity is designed to be used in conjunction with a reading assignment. The aim is to prompt students to read more intentionally and draw out lessons that might help them succeed in their research projects. This activity can be used more than once. It could, in principle, be given in conjunction with every reading assignment for the course. It can also be used in conjunction with Reading for research.Download Reading with a purpose (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Reading for research

This exercise asks students to reflect on how they're doing the reading related to their research project. It is best given towards the beginning of the research process. Download Reading for research (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Better together: teamwork and collaboration

This exercise asks students to reflect on how teams can function effectively as well as how they can get collaborations back on track when they run into trouble. The aim is to prompt students to think about how to have a good research team experience. This exercise can be used anytime. Download Better together: teamwork and collaboration (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)

Building effective communication

This exercise asks students to reflect on how to communicate effectively to a disciplinary audience. The aim is to encourage students to develop clear, concise, and organized modes of communication. This exercise can be used anytime. Download Building effective communication (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB Apr13 21)


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