Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning   »   2015 Vol.7, No.2

 

 

Title: Effect of a computational scaffolding in the development of secondary students' metacognitive skills

 

Authors: Adriana Huertas; Grace Vesga; Alonso Vergara; Myriam Romero

 

Addresses:
University Cultures Research Group, Faculty of Education, Antonio Nariño University, Bogotá, Colombia
University Cultures Research Group, Faculty of Education, Antonio Nariño University, Bogotá, Colombia
University Cultures Research Group, Faculty of Education, Antonio Nariño University, Bogotá, Colombia
University Cultures Research Group, Faculty of Education, Antonio Nariño University, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to design and validate a computational scaffolding to foster the development of metacognitive skills in high school students. The scaffolding was intended to provide support when developing the provided content units; it allowed students to set goals and organise time and resources. It also had a mechanism to monitor and control cognitive performance so that students could adjust their learning strategies according to the task needs. A quantitative methodology with a quasi-experimental design was used, and two B-Learning courses that included units in the areas of Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Social Sciences were designed. The course prepared for the experimental group included the scaffolding and the control group did not include it. At the end of the course, the groups answered the metacognitive awareness inventory and an analysis of variance (ANOVA) was applied, the results showed significant differences in the development of metacognitive skills.

 

Keywords: metacognition; computational scaffoldings; metacognitive skills; metacognitive awareness inventory; MAI; blended learning; secondary education; high school students; cognitive performance; learning strategies; ANOVA.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2015.072030

 

Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2015 Vol.7, No.2, pp.143 - 159

 

Date of acceptance: 06 Jun 2015
Available online: 28 Sep 2015

 

 

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