Helping students become expert learners

Saemah Rahman

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Abstract

The focus of classroom activities in all over the world is on the acquisition of knowledge by the students. However, skills that are necessary to help them in the acquisition of these knowledge is uncared for in many of these classroom. It is belief that many students are not equipped with the learning strategies that are necessary to help them to master the content they are supposed to learned. What make thing worst is many are not aware of the importance equipping students with these skills. The literatures suggested that students should be taught not only the content but also the learning strategies they need to master the content. In other words, students should be help to become expert learners so that they can learn efficiently in the learning process. This paper discusses how students can be help to become expert learners in the classroom. Data were collected from focus group interviews with teachers from secondary schools in Malaysia (N=24). They were asked the characteristic of expert learner and their roles to help students become expert learners. Data from the interviews and literature review will be used to develop the module. Three key elements in the instructional strategies were identified to be use in the module namely 1) meta-attention, 2) meta-comprehension and 3) metacognitive reflection. These elements were selected because they reflect the proposal from current studies that suggest the use of metacognitive strategies to improve students' learning. These metacognitive strategies are suggested to be infused in the teaching and learning activities in the classroom to help students become expert learners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
Pages205-209
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 - Genova
Duration: 17 Oct 200919 Oct 2009

Other

Other8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09
CityGenova
Period17/10/0919/10/09

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Keywords

  • Expert learner
  • Learning how to learn
  • Learning strategies
  • Meta-attention
  • Meta-comprehension
  • Metacognitive strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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Rahman, S. (2009). Helping students become expert learners. In Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09 (pp. 205-209)

Helping students become expert learners. / Rahman, Saemah.

Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. p. 205-209.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rahman, S 2009, Helping students become expert learners. in Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. pp. 205-209, 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09, Genova, 17/10/09.
Rahman S. Helping students become expert learners. In Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. p. 205-209
Rahman, Saemah. / Helping students become expert learners. Proceedings of the 8th WSEAS International Conference on Education and Educational Technology, EDU '09. 2009. pp. 205-209
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