The Modification of Boerkaert’s (1999) Model of Self-Regulation to Include Younger Learners

Sue Taylor


This study of self-regulation draws on Boerkaert’s (1999) model but proposes adaptations. In particular, it examines the role of the teacher in the promotion of self-regulation, and the importance of curriculum for creating opportunities for autonomous learning. Since Boerkaert’s model was devised for older learners, adaptations are proposed to reflect its possible meaning for younger learners, particularly through the supportive scaffolding of their learning and development toward self-regulation. The study uses an international sample survey of children’s responses to curricular experiences, as well as making comparisons between different educational systems and environments. The article concludes with suggestions for changes in practice to develop self-regulated learners from the early primary years.

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