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Metacognitive event identification on electronic mail from a Nursing Virtual Community

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Author(s): Roberta Pereira Coutinho | Maurício de Abreu Pinto Peixoto | Marcos Antônio Gomes Brandão | Viviane Modesto Ferraz

Journal: Investigações em Ensino de Ciências
ISSN 1518-8795

Volume: 13;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 65;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Science education | metacognition | nursing | virtual communities

ABSTRACT
A sociometric survey was conducted to investigate the presence of written metacognitive events (WME) in messages posted by members of a nursing virtual community. A discussion about nursing science and practice is presented. “Metacognitive event” was characterised on messages through evidence of reflexive activity indicating any level of awareness about author’s cognitive process. Content analysis was performed on 934 e-messages posted during the first six months period of this community. WME were classified non-uniquely as “person”, “strategy” and “task”. Two hundred and sixty six messages with metacognitive events were found, being 180 of them classified as “person”, 115 as “strategy” and 64 as “task”. It is concluded that WME are present and can be identified on posted messages in this virtual community. We believe that the same phenomenon may happen among other similar communities.

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