Instructional Science

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 49–63

Cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational aspects of problem solving


  • Richard E. Mayer
    • University of California

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003088013286

Cite this article as:
Mayer, R.E. Instructional Science (1998) 26: 49. doi:10.1023/A:1003088013286


This article examines the role of cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational skills in problem solving. Cognitive skills include instructional objectives, components in a learning hierarchy, and components in information processing. Metacognitive skills include strategies for reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics. Motivational skills include motivation based on interest, self-efficacy, and attributions. All three kinds of skills are required for successful problem solving in academic settings.

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