Title: Improving higher education students' learning proficiency by fostering their self-regulation skills
Authors: De Corte, Erik # ×
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Academia Europaea
Series Title: European Review vol:24 issue:2 pages:264-276
Abstract: A major challenge for education and educational research is to build on our present understanding of learning to design environments for education that are conducive to fostering students’ self-regulatory and cooperative learning skills, transferable knowledge, and a disposition toward competent thinking and problem solving. Using the CLIA-model (Competence, Learning, Intervention, Assessment) as a framework for developing learning environments, and taking the growing knowledge base on self-regulated learning as a background, this article discusses an intervention study
that aimed at the design and evaluation of a powerful learning environment for fostering self-regulated learning in university freshmen, thereby improving their learning proficiency. More specifically, the intervention in this environment focused on the trainability of four cognitive (orienting, planning, self-testing, and reflecting), and four complementary affective self-regulation skills (respectively self-judging, valuing, coping, and attributing). The effects of the learning environment were investigated using a pre-test – post-test design with a control group. The participants were 141 first-year students of business economics. The positive effects of the intervention
on students’ self-regulated learning and on their academic performance is illustrated for two of the eight self-regulation skills, namely orienting (preparing one’s learning process by examining the characteristics of a learning task) and self-judging valuating one’s competences in view of an accurate appraisal of the efforts needed to approach and accomplish a learning task).
ISSN: 1062-7987
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
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