Metacognition: Importance of Reflection in the Pre-Service Teacher Journey
Tami B. Shelley, Ph.D.


Metacognition has been a topic of study for cognitive theorists, behaviorists, researchers, and educators. Simply stated, metacognition refers to “thinking about one’s thinking” (Desautel, 2009). Examining one’s own thinking allows a person to better understand their thinking and learning. It also encourages the learner to take ownership of their learning and cognition. For the pre-service teacher, the information gathered from “thinking about one’s thinking” can be invaluable to their success in the classroom.