8th International Biennial Conference of EARLI SIG 16

Next event: Aug 27, 2018

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international, scientific community with the primary goal to support an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction.

SIG 16 is interested in all issues related to "metacognition". Flavell (1979) first used the term metacognition to refer to the knowledge about and regulation of one's cognitive activities. Since then, the term metacognition has been used to refer to multiple phenomena, for example metacognitive beliefs, metacognitive awareness, metacognitive experiences, metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive skills, and self-regulation. Most of these conceptualizations have in common that they assume that "meta" refers to higher-order cognition about cognition. A huge amount of empirical research has demonstrated that metacognition is one of the most powerful predictors of learning. However, many unresolved issues remain: More theoretical work is needed to attain a unified definition and taxonomy of metacognition and all its components. This also includes more research about the interplay between cognition, metacognition, and other learner characteristics such as intellectual ability.

Further controversial issues need to be resolved: For example, does metacognition need to be conscious or can it also become automated? And is metacognition always domain-specific or are there also more general forms of metacognition? How exactly does metacognition develop from the first theory-of-mind precursors? These open questions make it hard to devise optimal methods for fostering metacognition. And potential answers are further complicated by the use of different assessment methods of metacognition. SIG 16 provides a forum for the discussion of all these - and other - issues related to metacognition.

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international, scientific community with the primary goal to support an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. EARLI also promotes and supports research initiatives between internationally active researchers, such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Advanced Study Colloquia (ASC) and the EARLI Centre for Innovative Research (E-CIR). It also aims to stimulate young researchers to engage with senior researchers through its JURE network. Paramount in achieving these goals are the EARLI Conference activities, and publications - three renowned academic journals (Learning and Instruction, Educational Research Review, Frontline Learning Research) and the EARLI book series.

EARLI has 27 Special Interest Groups representing researchers who study one or more parts and/or aspects of the field of Learning and Instruction. One of the main goals of EARLI is to encourage communication between researchers through Special Interest Groups. The SIGs support activities such as meetings, newsletters and publications and they give substance to the conference themes of the biennial EARLI conferences. Each SIG has two SIG Coordinators and one JURE Assistant Coordinator.

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Event Dates

Aug 27, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu