DEVELOPING A SURVEY INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE PROBLEM PERCEPTION, TASK INTERPRETATION, AND PLANNING STRATEGIES WITHIN SELF – REGULATED LEARNING, A WORK IN PROGRESS
Cory Ortiz1, Bao Pham2, Oenardi Lawanto1, Andres Febrian1.
1Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
Many educational researchers are interested in self-regulated learning (SRL) as a process to increase the learning capabilities of individuals. However, there are currently no methods to measure SRL competence. The purpose of this research, then, is to develop a survey instrument that will measure how well first year college students incorporate SRL in problem solving. At the time of writing, this project is in progress. This abstract will discuss what has already been accomplished in addition to next steps. This survey instrument will be developed through verbal protocol analysis. As of yet, 5 individuals with an engineering background were recorded solving ill-defined math and engineering questions while "thinking out loud." In the coming weeks, the footage will be analyzed and encoded for specific verbiage that is correlated with planning strategies, task interpretation, and problem perception. From the data, we will derive the survey instrument questions. Future work will consist of validating this instrument, followed by pilot testing. The final goal of this project is to use a completed instrument in research about using SRL in problem solving.