Motivational intermediaries of self-regulation among university students

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Russell, Douglas and Warner, Racquel. (2017). Motivational intermediaries of self-regulation among university students. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. 9(3), pp. 448-464. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2015-0062
AuthorsRussell, Douglas and Warner, Racquel
Abstract

Purpose
The concept of self-regulated learning (SRL) has become increasingly important in higher educational institutes seeking to provide students with a holistic education. It is important for students entering, and faculty within higher education, to understand whether future time perspective (FTP) or self-efficacy is more predictive of self-regulation. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach
Through the use convenience sampling, data were collected via an online survey from 130 undergraduate students attending universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Data were analysed using regression analysis and inferential measures identifying themes in participants study habits in order to examine whether it is FTP or self-efficacy that more strongly predicts SRL behaviours.

Findings
Results suggest that self-efficacy is a much stronger predictor of SRL in undergraduate students than goal setting, as measured by FTP. Student’s most deficient SRL behaviours related to reading and comprehension of texts prescribed across modules.

Research limitations/implications
Due to the fact that only an adjusted 33 per cent of self-regulation was predicted by the two variables under consideration, researchers are encouraged to identify further variables that may predict students SRL.

Practical implications
This paper seeks to support both students and faculty in how to draw on SRL in order to optimize students’ success in higher education.

Originality/value
The current research supports the identification of learning behaviours specific to branch campuses in a Middle-Eastern context.

Keywordsuniversity; students; self-efficacy; future time perspective; self-regulated learning
Year2017
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Journal citation9 (3), pp. 448-464
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
ISSN2050-7003
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2015-0062
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85019549603
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range448-464
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online03 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted02 Feb 2017
Deposited07 Sep 2021
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