Metacognitive scaffolding for preservice teachers’ self-regulated design of higher order thinking tasks

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Abstract

This study compared two professional training courses targeting self-regulated learning (SRL) amongst preservice secondary science teachers in the context of didactic content knowledge for teaching higher-order thinking (HOT-PCK), either with metacognitive scaffolding (Meta group) or without (Control group). Measures included trainees' comprehension and design of HOT-PCK learning tasks, online SRL reflections about learning-teaching events, and self-reported SRL aptitude. Results indicated skill improvement in both groups, but the metacognitive support provided by the IMPROVE self-questioning technique better enhanced the preservice teachers’ (PSTs) development of HOT-PCK, both as students (comprehension skills) and as future teachers (design skills), additionally as their ability to reflect on and control their studying. Findings also revealed significant correlations between SRL assessments (self-reports, event-based reflections) and between SRL and HOT-PCK indices. Consequences for teacher education combining SRL and HOT-PCK contexts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere24280
JournalHeliyon
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2024

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Keywords

  • High-order thinking
  • Lesson design
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Preservice secondary teachers
  • Science teaching
  • Self-regulated learning

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