Metacognition and American Idol – really!

“Poor metacognition is a big part of incompetence. People who are incompetent typically do not realize how incompetent they are. People who aren’t funny at all think they are hilarious…A lot of reality shows like American Idol highlight people with poor metacognition for entertainment.” This quote from the article explains very nicely the impact of poor metacognitive skills outside of education, but the article also goes on to explain how to use formative assessment techniques throughout teaching. Maybe I liked it so much because it agrees with what I think on the subject. Here’s the link:

The article stems from a conversation between the author, James Lang and Stephen Chew at Stanford. Professor Chew also supplied a list of references for further reading on the subject, posted on Lang’s blog at:

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