Utilizing the sketchbook to support metacognition in the secondary level art student
Metacognition - thinking about one's thinking - involves higher order thinking skills and reflection. Incorporating metacognitive strategies into an art curriculum allows the students to monitor their own thinking. By using a sketchbook to include both drawing and writing entries, students show evidence of their learning as well as exhibit reflective practice during the creative process. The format of a sketchbook allows the students to be cognizant of the steps in the creative process of imagining/generating, planning/preparing and exploring/incubating before they begin making art. The sketchbook permits art students to revisit their thinking by looking back at the entries to guide their problem-solving actions. Students who exhibit greater metacognitive abilities tend to be more successful thinkers.
Levar, Diane J., "Utilizing the sketchbook to support metacognition in the secondary level art student" (2008). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2051.