Executive function and metacognition: Towards a unifying framework of cognitive self-regulation

Roebers, Claudia M. (2017). Executive function and metacognition: Towards a unifying framework of cognitive self-regulation. Developmental review, 45, pp. 31-51. Elsevier 10.1016/j.dr.2017.04.001

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Executive function and metacognition are higher-order cognitive processes that undergo steady improvements throughout childhood. They are highly relevant to daily functioning in various domains, including academic achievement. Both concepts have been intensively researched, but surprisingly little literature has sought to connect them theoretically and empirically. In the present review, I elaborate on the similarities between these concepts from a developmental perspective, including the definitions, developmental timetables, factors that lead to changes over time, and relations to academic achievement and intelligence. Simultaneously, the differences between these two domains of cognitive development are discussed. These include, in particular, the relative neglect of quantifying monitoring within research on executive functions and the disregard for the neuropsychological underpinnings of metacognition. Finally, this paper presents several avenues for future research and proposes a possible unifying framework of cognitive self-regulation that integrates executive function and metacognition and may lead to a better understanding of the emergence of cognitive self-regulation in development.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

Graduate School:

Swiss Graduate School for Cognition, Learning and Memory (SGS-CLM)

UniBE Contributor:

Roebers, Claudia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0273-2297

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michelle Maurer

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2017 09:11

Last Modified:

31 Jul 2017 09:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.dr.2017.04.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.101008

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101008

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