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Foundations of Metacognition$
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Michael J. Beran, Johannes Brandl, Josef Perner, and Joëlle Proust

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646739.001.0001

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The development of earlier and later forms of metacognitive abilities: reflections on agency and ignorance

The development of earlier and later forms of metacognitive abilities: reflections on agency and ignorance

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(p.167) Chapter 10 The development of earlier and later forms of metacognitive abilities: reflections on agency and ignorance
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Foundations of Metacognition
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Daniela Kloo

Michael Rohwer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646739.003.0011

Metacognition encompasses both ‘metacognitive knowledge’, that is, knowledge about our own mind, and ‘metacognitive regulation’, that is, the regulation of one’s cognitive activities (Moses and Baird 1999). This chapter focuses on the development of metacognitive knowledge. First, the chapter concentrates on a rather early form of metacognitive knowledge, children’s ‘sense of agency’. Then, the chapter elaborates on later developments in children’s ‘knowing about knowing’. The empirical evidence in both these domains of metacognition leads us to distinguish thoroughly between pre-reflective and reflective forms of metacognition (Gallagher and Zahavi 2008). Only with this distinction the chapter may be able to resolve the many discrepancies found in the literature.

Keywords:   metacognition, development, children, metacognitive knowledge, sense of agency, pre-reflective, meta-ignorance

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