Assessing Self-Regulated Learning Using Diary Measures with University Students

Authored by: Bernhard Schmitz , Julia Klug , Michaela Schmidt

Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415871112
eBook ISBN: 9780203839010
Adobe ISBN: 9781136881664


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Diaries have been found to be a useful tool to facilitate students’ self-regulated learning. They are an effective method to measure self-regulation processes as well as to influence self-regulation in a desired direction. More specifically, diaries can foster self-monitoring, which is a central part of successful self-regulated learning (e.g., Zimmerman & Paulsen, 1995). Compared to informal self-monitoring, which includes spontaneous reflection or casual observation, formal self-monitoring involves systematic observation and keeping a record of one’s daily life processes (e.g., written logs, protocols, diaries, Zimmerman & Paulsen, 1995).

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