Life Sciences & CASTLE Joint Seminar
Understanding Learning Strategies and Metacognition in Genetics Students
Dr. Jenny Knight
Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
University of Colorado Boulder
Most of us do not naturally excel at awareness or regulation of our learning behaviors. This practice of metacognition has previously been correlated with better learning, but there are still many questions to answer. We have been investigating student reports of their learning strategies in an introductory genetics course to determine if strategy use and accuracy in reporting correlate with higher performance. In this study, we compared introductory genetics students’ self-reported study strategies and proposed changes in those strategies to their actual practices that could be measured by their online courseware use. The data suggest that focusing on encouraging students to be aware of their study approaches and to follow through with known effective practices may be instrumental in helping students shift strategies and improve their learning.
Beginners, undergraduates, graduates, experts. Those with interest in the topic.
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