Text Structure Instruction and Metacognition: Supporting Early Childhood Student Teachers in their Academic Work

By Ali Wegner and Brendan Bartlett.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This article reports on findings of two studies in which text structure instruction was provided for student teachers specialising in early childhood education. Participants learned to identify text structure and were guided over an academic semester in using that skill to deliberately frame their university studies. A replication study (Study 2) extended an investigation carried out the previous year for the doctoral thesis of the first author (Study 1). Findings of Study 2 confirm those reported earlier. Learning to identify the organisational structure of text and using that knowledge strategically enhances learners’ metacognition, motivation, and self-confidence.

Keywords: Top-level Structure, Metacognition, Teacher Education, Text Structure

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.255-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 607.043KB).

Dr. Ali Wegner

lecturer, School of Education, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

I am a lecturer in the School of Maori, Social and Cultural Studies. I teach in a range of subjects including professional studies, communication skills, and research methods. My research interests are in teacher education, metacognition and learning, and autism spectrum disorders.

Prof. Brendan Bartlett

Associate Professor, School of Educational and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brendan is a Gellibrand Scholar, UNICEF Fellow, King Mongkut Medallist and award holder of the Rotary International Certificate for Significant Achievement in Education. He teaches graduate and undergraduate programs in teacher education at Griffith University. He researches how people identify the “big” ideas in texts they create or read and in their everyday homeplace and workplace problems – and how they remember and make sense of such ideas.


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