Self-Authorship and Metacognition

Patricia M. King and Ruby Siddiqui

in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736300
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Self-Authorship and Metacognition


College students face a wide range of academic, personal, and professional issues and make decisions in these realms that affect their learning and development. Preparing students to meet these challenges is a central purpose of collegiate education. This chapter examines the theoretical constructs of self-authorship and metacognition that inform decision making and ill-structured problem solving in college students. For each theoretical perspective, a brief discussion of the conceptual background and framework is provided. This chapter highlights self-authorship research relevant to learning and development and metacognition research relevant to problem solving in college students. Important areas of overlap between these two theories are discussed, and suggestions offered of ways the two might mutually inform each other in future theory-building and research. Educational implications of using these constructs to promote college student success are provided, focusing on reflection and reflective practices. This chapter concludes with recommendations for future research.

Keywords: college students; decision making; ill-structured problems; metacognition; problem solving; reflection; self-authorship

Article.  14399 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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