A Relational Aid to Multicultural Fields: Cultural Metacognition


  • Fred Lewis European Christian Mission


One reason to learn the cultural backgrounds of individuals on a multicultural field is the fact that the physical, neuronal pathways in the brain underlie cultural differences among the peoples of the world. Cultural metacognition includes unconscious, in-the-moment monitoring and control of cognition, as well as conscious reflective reasoning and planning. It can enable appropriate application of cultural information and can be developed through reflection on intercultural encounters. Metacognitive experiences can become the starting point of a learning cycle centered on fieldmates. The article classifies cultural metacognition as a relational activity because it can help fieldmates see each other for who they are.

Author Biography

Fred Lewis, European Christian Mission