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Self-confidence and metacognitive processes

Author(s): Kleitman Sabina | Stankov Lazar

Journal: Zbornik Instituta za Pedagoška Istraživanja
ISSN 0579-6431

Volume: 37;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: confidence ratings | metacognition | self-confidence | metacognitive self-monitoring

This paper examines the status of Self-confidence trait. Two studies strongly suggest that Self-confidence is a component of metacognition. In the first study, participants (N=132) were administered measures of Self-concept, a newly devised Memory and Reasoning Competence Inventory (MARCI), and a Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT). The results indicate a significant relationship between confidence ratings on the VRT and the Reasoning component of MARCI. The second study (N=296) employed an extensive battery of cognitive tests and several metacognitive measures. Results indicate the presence of robust Self-confidence and Metacognitive Awareness factors, and a significant correlation between them. Self-confidence taps not only processes linked to performance on items that have correct answers, but also beliefs about events that may never occur.
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