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Patterns of parenting in the life histories of highly self-regulated learners

Tiniakou, Evangelia (2017) Patterns of parenting in the life histories of highly self-regulated learners.

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Abstract:It has been argued that self-regulated learning enhances the performance of workers and students. Previous studies revealed school factors which can affect students’ ability to self-regulate their learning. However, more research is needed in order to identify out-of-school factors which can lead someone to becoming a highly self-regulated learner as an adult. The purpose of this study was to investigate patterns of parenting recurring within the lives of highly self-regulated professionals which might be impactful on the development of their self-regulatory skills. In order to identify such factors, the life histories of these highly self-regulated learners were investigated through in-depth retrospective semi-structured biographical interviews. Based on the results, parental involvement and especially maternal involvement, parental positive attitudes towards learning and autonomy support and freedom were found to be recurring as common experiences in the majority of life histories of the participants. The findings allowed the formulation of hypotheses for future research about unrevealed factors contributing to self-regulated learning. In particular, the study suggests the investigation of support of personal interests, family activities and structured routines, encouragement of education and early literacy development as well as independene and freedom of choice in relation with self-regulated learning skills.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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