Author: Mohammed Ali (University of Texas at Tyler)
This paper reports on the implementation of Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) tactics, a teaching innovation method where test subjects and embedded prompts simulate the iterative cyclical progression of Self-Regulated Learning. Self-Regulated Learning skills can be developed with various tactics, including activities that provoke the self-assessment or reflection of learning. Prior studies reported that when an instructor teaches students to construct their own SRL skills rather than predefined strategies, students gain better knowledge of course content. The four-phase SRL model has been implemented in computer aided drafting, a common course in applied engineering and technology curriculums. The four phases are as follows: planning and designing, identifying priorities and allocating resources, executing and self-monitoring, as well as evaluating and controlling. The four phases are intended to provide students with training and experience to efficiently practice and develop metacognitive strategies for a successful completion of the course content. For this study, students were informed in advance to prepare for an upcoming quiz on the content. They were asked to make self-efficacy assessment, measure confidence in correctly completing the quiz, plan for preparation for the quiz, and identify learning priorities and resources. After finishing the quiz, students were asked immediately to make self-evaluative judgment on correctly completing the quiz again. The instructor graded the quiz and intimated correct answers as feedback. Additionally, students were encouraged to think what strategy(s) worked well and how to improve unsuccessful methods. Students were informed of a second quiz, and instructed to apply successful strategies, prioritize and adopt learning resources. The instructor graded the second quiz, and returned it to students so they could reflect on their SRL skills. Results showed that the SRL doubled students’ quiz scores. Overall, findings of this study demonstrated the innovative method’s positive impact to student learning, which can be replicated in other applied engineering and technology courses.
Keywords: self-regulated learning|metacognitive strategy|applied engineering|technology curriculum
How to Cite: Ali, M. (2019) “Self-Regulated Learning Pedagogy for Teaching Applied Engineering and Technology Class”, The Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. 35(1).