Managing Yourself

Jack Martin and Ann-Marie McLellan

in The Education of Selves

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199913671
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315949 | DOI:
Managing Yourself

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This chapter examines the multiplicity of definitions and conceptions of self-regulation that typify contemporary research on self-regulation in psychology and educational psychology. This examination is followed by critical analyses of theory and research in educational psychology that reveal not only conceptual confusions but also misunderstandings of conceptual versus empirical issues, individualistic biases to the detriment of an adequate consideration of social and cultural contexts, and a tendency to reify psychological states and processes as ontologically foundational to self-regulation. The chapter concludes with a consideration of educational research and psychological intervention in the area of students’ self-regulated learning in terms of the scientific and professional interests of psychologists and the disguised manipulation of student self-surveillance in the service of the institutional mandates of schools.

Keywords: self-regulation; self-regulated learning; conceptual analysis; educational research; psychological intervention; self-surveillance; institutional mandates; schools

Chapter.  9220 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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