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ERIC Number: ED451942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 12
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Young Children's Awareness of Self-Regulated Learning (SRL).
Hwang, Young Suk; Gorrell, Jeffrey
Self-regulated learning (SRL) is the process through which individuals direct and sustain their awareness, behaviors, and motivation to optimize their learning or to reach goals. Noting that very little research has been conducted on young children's SRL, this study examined 40 kindergarten children's SRL by investigating: their awareness while watching two videotapes of effective and ineffective problem-solving models; and the relationship between effective problem solving and children's awareness of others' SRL. The self-directed learning task used an apparatus consisting of screws, bolts, and matching holes on a specially prepared wooden stand. Children were invited to complete the task, putting the proper-sized bolt in each of the nine holes and screwing the proper-size nut onto each bolt. After completing the task, each child watched two videotapes. The first interview was conducted while each child watched an effective model videotape in which a child does the task successfully, using self-regulated strategies. The second interview was conducted during and after each child watched an ineffective model videotape in which the child performed the task with a trial and error approach and finally asked for help. Data were analyzed for emerging themes regarding successful and unsuccessful problem-solving approaches. The findings indicated that the 24 successful kindergarten problem solvers were aware of components of others' SRL that are similar to those in previous studies with older students, such as planning, goal setting, and monitoring to achieve certain goals or to solve problems. (Contains 16 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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