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How Self-Regulated Learners Work and Learn : An Interview Study

Vassou, Vasileia (2017) How Self-Regulated Learners Work and Learn : An Interview Study.

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Abstract:Self-regulated learning (SRL) has gained ground in today’s knowledge societies and contemporary work organizations as an effective way for the employees to manage their own learning. Although literature has given an insight on how individuals regulate their learning, there is currently limited research at the workplace context. From the perspective of the psychological needs that are introduced in the Self Determination Theory (SDT), this study aimed at identifying recurring patterns of learning and working that emerged through the experiences of 39 highly self-regulated knowledge workers concerning specific learning strategies and autonomy. The focus of this research as part of a team project was on the adult working life of the individuals. Semi-structured biographical interviews were used for the data collection and the data was coded. The findings revealed that peer learning and digital technology use as learning strategies and perceived autonomy support provided by the organizations could enable highly self-regulated individuals to meet their basic needs for relatedness, competence and autonomy at the workplace. These results set the ground for future research and practical implications concerning the ways that organizations and Human Resource Development (HRD) practitioners could promote and support SRL as a new way of learning at the workplaces.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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