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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


FERREIRA, Paula C.; VEIGA SIMAO, Ana M.  and  LOPES DA SILVA, Adelina. The unidimensionality and overestimation of metacognitive awareness in children: validating the CATOM. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.890-900. ISSN 1695-2294.

Children often have difficulty in reporting their metacognitive functioning, which leads them to frequently overrating themselves under learning situations. Hence, this study presents a preliminary approach of how children's metacognitive awareness (MA) can be measured. Essentially, this study aims to understand how children (n =1029) report their metacognitive functioning. In a first analysis, EFA revealed a unidimensional structure of the instrument (MK and MS). Item Response Theory was then used to analyse the unidimensionality of the dimension and the interactions between participants and items. Results revealed good item reliability (.87) and good person reliability (.87) with good Cronbach's a for MA (.95). These results show the potential of the instrument, as well as a tendency of children to overrate their metacognitive functioning. Implications for researchers and practitioners are discussed.

Keywords : Metacognition; Metacognitive Knowledge; Metacognitive Skills; Self-regulated Learning; Item Response Theory.

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