ERIC Number: ED177755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Self-Concept and Self-Regulatory Process in TMRs. Final Report.
Litrownik, Alan J.
The purpose of the project was to develop and evaluate a training program in self regulatory skills with approximately 40 trainable mentally retarded students (TMR) (mean age 18 years) and to determine the effect of the acquired self regulatory skills on task performance and self concept. In Phase 1, six preliminary studies attempted to determine (1) whether TMR students could perform these requisite skills, (2) if these skills could be developed in students who did not have them, and (3) the effects of these acquired skills on task performance. Results indicated that few TMR students had appropriate self regulatory skills, but that these skills could be acquired, generalized, and retained as a result of a brief training period. The second phase involved evaluation of a training program with features appropriate to other structured (e.g., classroom) situations. Two groups were trained in the component self regulatory skills of self monitoring, self evaluation, and self reward, with one group having appropriate external standards of performance set and the other allowed to set its own standards of performance. Two additional groups served as controls. Results indicated (1) that trained students reached criterion and independently transferred self regulatory skills to new tasks; (2) that trained students, especially those who set their own appropriate standards, outperformed other groups; and (3) that there were no differences in self concept between the trained and control groups. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. Dept. of Psychology.
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