“The goal of education, in general, and cognitive behavior modification, in particular, is to encourage self-regulation in students” (Sternberg and Williams, 2009)
This statement has captured my attention and made me reflect. We have been talking about self regulation since module 1 in EDS103 and I believe that topics in the succeeding modules have a share of relevance to it as well. We have encountered it so many times in the process; its value cannot be over emphasized. I believe that the bottom line of self-regulation is achieving self-mastery; knowing and taking control of our own strengths and weaknesses. It is only when we know our strengths that we can harness our true potentials and it is only when we are aware of our weaknesses that we understand ourselves better. We cannot improve what we do not understand. Being able to identify and understand one’s weaknesses is in fact already a strength in itself and the beginning of improvement (behavior modification).
The role of education is to lead us towards the process of self-mastery through self-regulation. As we know self-regulation is directing one’s self, it is about setting goals, selecting strategies to attain those goals, monitoring progress, restructuring if the goals are not being met, using time efficiently, self-evaluating the methods selected, and adapting future methods based on what was learned (Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching and Learning). The discipline brought about by the process of self-regulation helps us master our own selves.
In the quest of self-mastery one needs to have positive role models that will serve as his north star for development. Social Cognitive Theory tells us that we learn by observing and interacting with people. We choose our life models based on how we value them and/or our personal our values system. We accomplish this, according to Bandura, by observing (Attention), remembering (Retention), doing (Reproduction) and sustaining the behavior (Motivation). I think we have the ability to choose the kind of character we want to live. We have total control of reproduction in social cognitive theory. Therefore, to better, to do good and to excel are conscious choices we have to reproduce and live by. How and to what level we will bring it will be dependent on our motivation.
What it Means to be a Self-Regulated Learner. http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/what-it-means-to-be-a-self-regulated-learner/
Lou Juachon, Ph.D. / UPOU EDS103 Theories of Learning