Examining self-regulation skills of elementary school students

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Oktay Kızkapan
Oktay Bektaş
Aslı Saylan

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The purpose of this study is to determine elementary school students’ level of self-regulation skills which is defined as goal setting and to develop strategies to achieve these goals. Survey method, one of the designs used in quantitative research, is used in the study. 368 students participated in the study. The study was conducted at two elementary schools in İncesu and Kocasinan provinces of Kayseri and students filled a 5-item Likert type scale. Analysis of data was conducted with the help of SPSS 22 packet program and 0.05 significance level was accepted. As a result of the study, it was found that the average grade of girls was higher than the boys, the average of fifth grades was higher than sixth grades and the average of the school in the city center was higher than the school in the rural area. Also, there was a significant difference between the self-regulation scores of the grade levels in the favor of fifth grades. Lastly, self-regulation score of the students living in city center was higher than that of students living in village since the students at city center have more advantages in terms of socio-economic status, environmental conditions and external help. Further qualitative and quantitative studies should be conducted to figure out more about self-regulation skills and how it can be used students’ conceptual understandings.

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