Promoting Self-Regulated Learning – the Role of some Sociodemographic Factors, Teachers’ Perceptions of Teaching and Learning, Commitment to Work and Work Burnout
Keywords:encouraging self-regulated learning, commitment to work, burnout at work, sociodemographic characteristics of teachers, teachers’ perceptions of teaching and learning
AbstractSelf-regulated learning (SRL) has become an important educational goal, and as it depends on the context in which it occurs, teachers have an important role to play in encouraging the development of effective learning self-regulation strategies. The aim of the research was to examine the teacher's encouragement of SRL and its relationship with some sociodemographic characteristics of teachers (gender, length of service, educational level), teachers’ perceptions of teaching and learning, commitment to work and burnout at work. The research was conducted on a sample of 299 primary and secondary school teachers. The following measurement instruments were applied: Socio-Demographic Survey Questionnaire, Self-Regulated Learning Encouragement Scale, Teacher Perceptions on Teaching and Learning Questionnaire, Teacher Commitment Scale and Oldenburg Burnout Questionnaire. The results showed that teachers consider the promotion of SRL is important in modern teaching and that they encourage SRL in working with students. Teaching and learning are predominantly perceived as a process of empowering and encouraging student development (student-centred activities) which is a departure from traditional teacher-centred activities. No differences were found in encouraging SRL with respect to teachers ’sociodemographic characteristics, but some differences were found in teachers’ perceptions, commitment to work, and burnout. The connection between encouraging SRL and the dominant perception of teaching and learning, as well as commitment to work and burnout at work, has been established. The strongest predictors of encouraging SRL are commitment to school and students, and the perception of teaching and learning as a process of empowering and encouraging development in students.