New study to investigate the early development of self-regulated learning in children November 19, 2014 Understanding how young children develop the skills to self-regulate their learning is being investigated through a new three-year project at Murdoch University. Child development specialist Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak's project has been funded by a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award worth $361,744 from the Australian Research Council. Dr Pino-Pasternak will examine how factors in children’s home and classroom environments can play a role in developing the ability to work towards goals, understand and enact strategies to solve problems and evaluate their performance. “Self-regulated learning has been shown to be a strong predictor of academic outcomes in older students but we still do not know much about how these behaviours develop in early childhood,” Dr Pino-Pasternak said. “It is important to gain an understanding of how self-regulated learning establishes in children during the first years of school and also how parents and teachers can support the emergence of these behaviours.” Beginning mid-2015, 160 pre-primary aged children from a range of Perth schools will participate in a longitudinal study, where their abilities to self-regulate their learning will be assessed for 18 months. Dr Pino-Pasternak will also gather information about classroom and home environments and will investigate the quality of parent-child and teacher-student interactions. “I am very interested in understanding how differences in these external factors can affect a child’s trajectory for learning,” she said. “Hopefully if we gain a better understanding of how to promote self-regulated learning in young children, we can create coordinated school-family approaches to work on this together.” Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, School of Education Tags: australian research council, deborah pino-pasternak, discovery early career researcher award, education, self-regulated learning Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!