Reading comprehension and metacognition: The importance of inferential skills

Christian Soto, Antonio P. Gutiérrez de Blume, Mathew Jacovina, Danielle McNamara, Nicholas Benson, Bernardo Riffo, Richard Kruk

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Abstract

We explored relations between reading comprehension performance and self-reported components of metacognition in middle-school children. Students’ self-reported metacognitive strategies in planning and evaluation accounted for significant variance in reading comprehension performance on questions involving inferences. In Study 2, middle school students read a science text then made predictions about how they would perform on a comprehension test. Students’ metacomprehension accuracy was related to their performance at different levels of understanding. Students’ text-based question performance accounted for significant variance in metacomprehension accuracy for text-based questions, and inference-based question performance accounted for significant variance in metacomprehension accuracy for inference-based questions. Results from the two studies suggest that metacognitive and metacomprehension knowledge is aligned with the level of information given in text, and is related to deeper understanding of texts, particularly for inferential information. We discuss the implications of these findings and how future research on absolute metacomprehension accuracy should consider different levels of understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1565067
JournalCogent Education
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • inferential skills
  • metacognition
  • metacomprehension accuracy
  • reading comprehension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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Soto, C., Gutiérrez de Blume, A. P., Jacovina, M., McNamara, D., Benson, N., Riffo, B., & Kruk, R. (2019). Reading comprehension and metacognition: The importance of inferential skills. Cogent Education, 6(1), [1565067]. https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2019.1565067