Share Paper: Implementing Metacognition Skills for Learners Studying Computer Programming

  1. Jacqui Chetty, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Duan van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Tuesday, June 24 5:15-5:35 PM B3110

Abstract: This paper addresses a concern regarding metacognition skills of first year learners studying a computer programming module at a university in South Africa. As the metacognition skills of such learners are poor a metacognitive strategy was developed to improve learners’ metacognitive skills. The strategy included an adaptation of the classroom environment to encourage “thinking about thinking”. It focused on an educational design principle that formed part of an overall pedagogical approach for learners enrolled for a computer programming module. Teaching of metacognition strategies occurred within the classroom and metacognition regulation was deliberated with, and among learners. The outcomes and implications ...