The Motivational Role of Adaptive Help Seeking in Self-Regulated Learning
An important aspect of the learning process is asking questions about material one does not understand. When students work independently, monitor task performance, and recognize difﬁculties they cannot overcome on their own, requesting assistance from a more knowledgeable individual can be an adaptive learning strategy. Unfortunately, students often fail to take the initiative to obtain needed help with schoolwork. Students often sit passively, waiting for the teacher to come to them. They may be afraid that if they ask for help, classmates will think they are incompetent. Or, if they do ask for help, students often do so in what might be considered a nonadaptive way. Sometimes, they ask for assistance when it is not necessary, for example, when they have not ﬁrst attempted the work on their own. They may be more interested in just getting the answer than in understanding the assignment. And, sometimes students ask questions simply to get attention from either the teacher or classmates.