Metacognition: Concept, structure, association with intellect and cognitive processes



The article presents the review of key literature references (over the last 15 years) devoted to the issue of metacognition and its correlation with intellectual and other capacities of individuals. It analyzes several concepts concerning general and special characteristics of metacognition, the possibility of its purposeful attainment and transmission of metacognitive capacities to other areas of cognitive activity. The review touches upon the diagnostic potential of metacognition as giving the possibility to predict intellectual development of an individual, his or her motivation and self-regulation in educational practice. The article contains references to some empirical data disclosing the non-linear character of metacognitive development.

General Information

Keywords: metacognition, self-regulated learning, critical thinking, metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive skills

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Litvinov A.V., Ivolina T.V. Metacognition: Concept, structure, association with intellect and cognitive processes [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 59–70. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexander V. Litvinov, PhD in Education, professor of the chair of foreign and Russian philology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, associate professor at Foreign Languages Department at the Facultyof Economics (RUDN University), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tatiana V. Ivolina, – assistant professor of the Department of Foreign and Russian philology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Educatio, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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