chapter  1
30 Pages

Motivation An Essential Dimension of Self-Regulated Learning

Lexical definitions for self-regulation and close synonyms, such as self-control or self-discipline, all refer to the control of one’s present conduct based on motives related to a subsequent goal or ideal that an individual has set for him-or herself (English & English, 1958). Central to these definitions is the role of personal motives regarding one’s future (including one’s sense of self), although the exact nature of these motives varies from theory to theory, as seen in this volume. A self-regulation analysis broadens conceptions of learning based on reactive outcome measures, such as academic grades or standardized test performance, to include proactive process measures, such as goal setting and strategy use.