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Metacognition and lifelong e-learning: a contextual and cyclical process

Worrall, LJ; Bell, F


LJ Worrall

F Bell


Metacognition is arguably an important conceptualisation within the area of lifelong e- learning, with many theorists and practitioners claiming that it enhances the learning process. However, the lifelong, cyclical and flexible aspects of 'before', 'during' and 'after' metacognitions within lifelong e-learning (inclusive of whether an 'input' necessarily leads to a completed 'output') seem marginal within current areas of practical and theoretical debate. This article analyses Reeves's (1997) model of web-based learning in the context of the ADAPT project; a study of lifelong learners based in small and medium sized enterprises. The article focuses upon an analysis of this model's view of metacognition, and in the light of the project findings and literature review, aims to put forward an extended and expanded version of the model with reference to lifelong e-learning


Worrall, L., & Bell, F. (2007). Metacognition and lifelong e-learning: a contextual and cyclical process. E-learning (Oxford), 4(2), 161-171.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2007
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2009
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2009
Journal e-Learning
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 161-171
Keywords e-learning, metacognition
Publisher URL
Additional Information Additional Information : An excellent summary of the latest research into e-learning and metacognition. This document is open for public and free download
References : Elizabeth Murphy (2008) A framework for identifying and promoting metacognitive knowledge and control in online discussants [citation of our work] Puvana Natanasabapathy (2007 Towards Self-Sustainability in Education,%20P.pdf [citation of our work]
Projects : ADAPT e-Learning


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