A Comparison Between Juvenile Delinquents' and Teachers' Opinions on Metalinguistic and Metacognitive Skills

Sanger, Dixie; Spilker, Anna; Scheffler, Marilyn; Zobell, Anneli; Belau, Don
June 2008
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2008, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p145
Academic Journal
This study compared the opinions of female Juvenile delinquents and their teachers from one correctional facility on students' communication behaviors involving metacognitive and metalinguistic skills. The researchers used two parallel surveys that compared the opinions of 31 students and five teachers, on students' behaviors that addressed thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Descriptive statistics were computed on 35 multiple choice items and qualitative findings were analyzed from teachers' comments. Statistical differences were found between students and teachers' meta skills in reading and writing. Students rated their performance higher compared to teacher ratings on 26 of the 35 (74.3%) items. They rated themselves lower/worse than teachers on 9 of 35 items (25.7%), Qualitative findings from teachers' comments revealed concerns about students' thinking, listening, speaking and writing behaviors.


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