Organizational Metacognition

Focus

Organizational self-awareness

Principal Metaphors

  • Knowledge is … the scope of possible activity of an organization
  • Knowing is … current activity of an organization
  • Learner is … an organization
  • Learning is … changes in practice that enhance the scope of possible activity
  • Teaching is … effecting and measuring adaptation

Originated

1990s

Synopsis

Organizational Metacognition refers to an awareness of what an organization knows. Such knowledge includes insight into what enables and constrains learning.

Commentary

Like Metacognition and Social Metacognition, Organizational Metacognition is inattentive to the natures of learning and cognition, thus offering a theory that can be pasted onto naïve and trivial theories of learning. Additionally, the perspective is not entirely clear on (or, depending on the version, consistent about) who or what is aware of the organization’s knowing.

Authors and/or Prominent Influences

Diffuse

Status as a Theory of Learning

Organizational Metacognition is not a theory of learning.

Status as a Theory of Teaching

Organizational Metacognition is not a theory of teaching, but it is typically utilized in efforts to interpret and affect the functioning of an organization. In a sense, then, Organizational Metacognition is theory of organizational teaching – that is, it serves to inform strategies intended to enable and tools used to measure an organization’s adaptation over time.

Status as a Scientific Theory

Like Metacognition and Social Metacognition, Organizational Metacognition does not include consideration or critique of its own assumptions about the nature of learning or the metaphors used to characterize learning. Put differently, Organizational Metacognition opts for operational definition of learning (i.e., one stated in measurable terms) rather than a well-theorized account of the complex dynamics of learning. Consequently, it does not meet our criteria for a scientific theory.

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Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2019). “Organizational Metacognition” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.


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