Instructional Science

, Volume 26, Issue 1–2, pp 127–140 | Cite as

Metacognition, abilities, and developing expertise: What makes an expert student?

  • Robert J. Sternberg


The main argument of this article is that metacognition is an important part of human abilities, which are, in turn, forms of developing expertise. To the extent that our goal is to understand the bases of individual differences in student academic success, we need to understand metacognition as representing part of the abilities that lead to student expertise, but only as part.


Individual Difference Main Argument Academic Success Human Ability Student Expertise 
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  • Robert J. Sternberg
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenU.S.A

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