Assessing students' metacognitive calibration with knowledge surveys

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"Calibration" is an aspect of metacognition that describes how well students assess their own knowledge. One tool that can help to assess student calibration is the knowledge survey (KS). On a KS, students rate their confidence in their ability to answer questions related to course content. A comparison of a student's confidence level with their actual performance on course exams gives an indication of the student's metacognitive calibration. We report on a study that explores students' responses to a KS in introductory physics and chemistry courses serving both STEM and non-STEM populations. In many courses, Delta (the difference between KS-score and final exam score, a measure of calibration) was anti-correlated with final exam performance. No relationship was found between Delta and students' scientific reasoning abilities. We also report preliminary findings on how calibration differs for questions of a quantitative nature vs.Those of a more conceptual nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 Physics Education Research Conference
EditorsN. Sanjay Rebello, Paula V. Engelhardt, Alice D. Churukian
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780735411340
StatePublished - 2013
Event2012 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC 2012 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2012Aug 2 2012

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2012 Physics Education Research Conference, PERC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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