Higher Order Thinking and Metacognition

Prof. Anat Zohar

Our research group studies two main areas:

Higher order thinking and metacognition in learning and instruction

Our research in this area examines issues related to learning and teaching to think in various school disciplines.We focus on the contribution of metacognitive knowledge for the development of students’ higher order thinking strategies, and on the challenges involved in thinking- rich learning. We also study the knowledge teachers and pre-service teachers need in order to teach students to think, and the nature of professional development processes in this context.

Scaling up instructional innovations

Although researchers currently understand how to construct innovative ways of learning and teaching that work well on a small scale, they are still grappling with the challenges involved in scaling them up across a large number of schoolsand programs. We are investigating these challenges by examining processes of large -scale implementation of higher order thinking and metacognition.