The Key to Achieving Educational Equity and Excellence

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. She is the author of Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation as well as the student version, Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level.

Metacognition, the ability to think about one’s own thinking, can have a positive impact on student success in many ways. Aside from its ability to help 21st century college students develop effective learning strategies, it can also close what Dr. Saundra McGuire refers to as the “equity gap,” which can hold minority students back who are otherwise capable of academic success and is a lingering product of the systemic racial issues with plague many institutions and Learning Centers. While most Learning Center managers seek to create inclusive environments for all students to succeed, the equity gap is difficult to overcome for even the most well-meaning centers and institutions without specific strategies.

In this presentation, Dr. McGuire reviews some of the models and ideas for metacognition that she has developed in the past fifteen years, ideas that are being adopted by an increasing number of higher education professionals with considerable effect. This session addresses strategies that significantly improve both learning and equity for students.

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Metacognition: The Key to Achieving Educational Equity and Excellence

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