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Self-regulated learning: what is it?

Self-regulated learning describes those skills and attitudes that make us super effective learners

In short, it describes how we steer our own thoughts, behavior, emotions and motivation in order to reach our learning goals in a way that suits the situation we are in. That's how Paul Pintrich, one of the founders of SRL theory, has described it. Here are his - more distinguished - wordings:

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Paul Pintrich, PhD

"Self-regulated learners set goals for their learning and then attempt to monitor, regulate, and control their cognition, motivation, and behavior, guided and constrained by their goals and the contextual features in the environment."

(Pintrich, 2000, p. 453).

A bit too complex and abstract? We get it! 

You can look at SRL as an umbrella concept. It refers to those competences and beliefs that explain why some learners are more successful than others. 

Self-regulation skills are studied in many disciplines. They are in fact important life skills. Think about the importance of self-regulation skills in sports, diet, and addiction programs. Luckily for us, education lovers, self-regulation is studied most widely in the educational field. It means we have lots and lots of useful insights to share! 



What are those 21 SRL skills that make us effective learners?


What does it look like in students?


Let's make it concrete!



Why is it worth learning about and investing in SRL?

  • Why do researchers care?

  • Why does policy care?

  • Why should I care?




What can teachers and school leaders do to boost students' SRL skills? 

Get to know the evidence-based strategies for seeing result with all your students!

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