posted on May, 11 2017 @ 04:26 PM
a reply to: 123143
There are generally two components of metacognition: knowledge about cognition, and regulation of cognition.
Having resources is not the problem. Maybe having too many like a dog with two bones is a better way of thinking about it. And that is where
"regulation" comes in. It is "behavior modification" applied to thinking. Yes, you still need to do the actual work
. But choosing a strategy or
approach by stopping and reflecting what you are about to do is not a bad thing.
There are work safety "self appraisals" that one does before performing a task. I'm talking about manual working. This is learned behavior where you
stop and ask yourself, "Do I have everything I need to perform ? Have I performed a safety check?" This cuts down on many work related injuries.
Applied to learning it is showing benefits. Even your response has, "take notes," as an assumption. Which means you already have both goals and a plan
prior to reading. Metacognition makes the assumption that there are no assumptions and then stops and asks, "Now what should you do to learn"?
As Wikipedia says, aspects of this go back to Aristotle and before.