Putting self-regulated learning in context: Integrating self-, co-, and socially shared regulation of learning

D. Bransen*, M.J.B. Govaerts, E. Panadero, D.M.A. Sluijsmans, E.W. Driessen

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Processes involved in the regulation of learning have been researched for decades, because of its impact on academic and workplace performance. In fact, self-regulated learning is the focus of countless studies in health professions education and higher education in general. While we will always need competent individuals who are able to regulate their own learning, developments in healthcare require a shift from a focus on the individual to the collective: collaboration within and between healthcare teams is at the heart of high-quality patient care. Concepts of collaborative learning and collective competence challenge commonly held conceptualisations of regulatory learning and call for a focus on the social embeddedness of regulatory learning and processes regulating the learning of the collective. Therefore, this article questions the alignment of current conceptualisations of regulation of learning with demands for collaboration in current healthcare. We explore different conceptualisations of regulation of learning (self-, co-, and socially shared regulation of learning), and elaborate on how the integration of these conceptualisations adds to our understanding of regulatory learning in healthcare settings. Building on these insights, we furthermore suggest ways forward for research and educational practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Education
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


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