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Metacognition in Science Education

Trends in Current Research

  • Anat Zohar
  • Yehudit Judy Dori

Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Anat Zohar, Yehudit Judy Dori
    Pages 1-19
  3. Stephen P. Norris, Linda M. Phillips
    Pages 37-56
  4. Gregory Schraw, Lori Olafson, Michelle Weibel, Daphne Sewing
    Pages 57-77
  5. Orit Herscovitz, Zvia Kaberman, Liora Saar, Yehudit Judy Dori
    Pages 165-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


Why is metacognition gaining recognition, both in education generally and in science learning in particular? What does metacognition contribute to the theory and practice of science learning? 

Metacognition in Science Education discusses emerging topics at the intersection of metacognition with the teaching and learning of science concepts, and with higher order thinking more generally. The book provides readers with a background on metacognition and analyses the latest developments in the field. It also gives an account of best-practice methodology. 

Expanding on the theoretical underpinnings of metacognition, and written by world leaders in metacognitive research, the chapters present cutting-edge studies on how various forms of metacognitive instruction enhance understanding and thinking in science classrooms. The editors strive for conceptual coherency in the various definitions of metacognition that appear in the book, and show that the study of metacognition is not an end in itself. Rather, it is integral to other important constructs, such as self-regulation, literacy, the teaching of thinking strategies, motivation, meta-strategies, conceptual understanding, reflection, and critical thinking. The book testifies to a growing recognition of the potential value of metacognition to science learning. It will motivate science educators in different educational contexts to incorporate this topic into their ongoing research and practice.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anat Zohar
    • 1
  • Yehudit Judy Dori
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Dept. Education in Science &, TechnologyTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyTechnion City, HaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Metacognition in Science Education
  • Book Subtitle Trends in Current Research
  • Editors Anat Zohar
    Yehudit Judy Dori
  • Series Title Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cont.Trends,Iss.Sci.Educ.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2131-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3820-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2132-6
  • Series ISSN 1878-0482
  • Series E-ISSN 1878-0784
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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From the reviews:

“The book provides a comprehensive and detailed background on metacognition, and a clear perspective of recent research studies that testify to the value of metacognition for science learning. … is highly recommended for a wide readership as it provides a valuable resource for college or university teaching of metacognition … . It clearly highlights the implications of metacognition research for science learning and teaching and provides meaningful insights for classroom practitioners. … discussion of recent studies is informative and should prompt ideas for further studies.” (Umesh Ramnarain, International Journal of Environmental & Science Education, Vol. 7 (2), April, 2012)

“This book aims to promote the teaching of metacognitive skills by providing both a useful theoretical introduction about metacognition and its role in science education, as well as several chapters of case studies from across the science disciplines. … book has several useful case studies of a similar nature, along with data on their effectiveness in teaching. These, along with the extensive literature review chapters, will make it useful to both educational researchers and educators interested in embedding the teaching of metacognition in their practice.” (Michael Seery, Education in Chemistry, January, 2013)