School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)


David Nelson


self-regulation, self-regulated learning, social cognitive theory, learning regulation




The purpose of this multiple case study was to describe the elements of self-regulated learning utilized by K-12 teachers navigating the process of improving instructional pedagogy and self-efficacy in a rural school district. The guiding theory of this study was Bandura’s social cognitive theory of self-regulation, as it addresses the connection of self-directedness in goal attainment actions, motivation, and efficacy in learners. A multiple case study of twelve K-12 teachers in a rural school district was used to showcase the individuals’ lenses of self-regulatory practices. Open-ended interviews focused on the patterns and experiences with self-regulation each educator exhibits while designing, modifying, and evaluating personal performance and efficacy. Participant observations and documented materials generated throughout the lesson delivery and reconstruction process were correlated with interview responses through categorical aggregation in process and value coding. Organizing participant responses into common self-regulatory domains such as goal setting, motivation, pedagogical modification, self-assessment, and efficacy can expose patterns of common strengths in self-regulatory practices for professional success, theming significant trends in successful domains of self-regulation to improve professional competencies in education.

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