Turning good testers into great ones - metacognition and what it can do for your testing

Timetable

Thursday 19th,

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Room

Talks (Track 1) – Main Stage at the Beach

Session Type

25-minute Talk,

All levels

Audience

Especially testers - but there is something for everyone in there

Key-Learnings

  • What is metacognition
  • How does it improve my testing
  • How can I train it on a daily basis

Metacognition helps set awareness of the ongoing learning process and of its true results. The same awareness could help improve your testing skills.

According to my favorite definition of testing, a tester learns everything there is to know about the software in order to help improve both the product and the user experience. Therefore, there are many learning strategies, like inquiry or problem based learning, which can make testing even better. One learning process which can turn a good tester into a great one is metacognition. As metacognition helps you to focus more on your own learning. Metacognition is the reflection on cognitive functions such as learning, thinking, understanding and memorizing. There are many metacognitive strategies in learning sciences under the categories of metacognitive knowledge, reflection and monitoring. Metacognition helps set awareness of the ongoing learning process and of its true results. The same awareness could help improve your testing skills. In my current project we discussed the different metacognitive strategies and used them to improve our testing, like focusing on what we learned in the last test session and what we still do not know. So, what am I going to talk about in this session: What is metacognition Which metacognitive strategies are there? How can these metacognitive strategies improve your everyday learning? And even more important how can they improve your testing (with project examples)


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