Instructional Science

, Volume 26, Issue 1–2, pp 49–63 | Cite as

Cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational aspects of problem solving

  • Richard E. Mayer


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.


Information Processing Motivational Skill Reading Comprehension Cognitive Skill Academic Setting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Mayer
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraU.S.A

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