Applications of cyclical self-regulated learning principles to life science

Timothy J. Cleary, Erin Peters-Burton, Caroline Gergel, Katherine Willet

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In this chapter, we present lessons plans for high school life science courses addressing the topics of natural selection, and the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Each lesson plan emphasizes the use of innovative motivational- and SRL-enhancing instructional activities embedded within science activities. Using Zimmerman’s three-phase cyclical feedback loop of SRL as a general framework, Cleary and Peters-Burton provide a critical analysis and commentary regarding the extent to which each lesson plan addressed the cyclical aspects of the SRL process and how the plans nurtured students’ motivation beliefs, such as self-efficacy, task interest, and task value. The unique and exemplary characteristics of each lesson plan along with specific recommendations for how these lesson plans can be enhanced to optimize student learning and performance are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConnecting Self-regulated Learning and Performance with Instruction Across High School Content Areas
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9783319909288
ISBN (Print)9783319909264
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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