The University of Sussex

Design and development of MIST: a system to help students develop metacognition

Sadhana Puntambekar, Benedict du Boulay

MIST (Metacognition In Studying from Texts) is a system that deals explicitly with helping students develop metacognitive skills. MIST has been built with three important features to foster metacognition - a process-based interface, and support for collaboration and reflection. The paper also reports an evaluation of the system especially related to the design features. It was found that students of high ability used the interface in interesting ways and the intervention was used more productively by them. Students of low ability on the other hand, had some difficulties in using the various options offered by MIST. These findings are discussed and improvements to the system are suggested.

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