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AbstractSelf-regulation is an important skill for children to have starting school It is what helps them remain focussed on tasks follow directions and understand the behaviour that is required in the learning environment The problem is that that there are a significant amount of children starting school with low levels of self-regulation The study sought to find a solution to give children with low levels of self-regulation to practice the skill by implementing an instructional game designed to scaffold this behaviourThis explanatory micro-ethnographic case study evaluates the effectiveness of a researcher designed game The Pocket Money Game It looks at how the game scaffolds six strategies of self-regulation found in the literature The study took place over a three week period The researcher gathered data on the current level of self-regulation in the first week Children will then observed playing the game in pairs over a two week periodMultiple methods of data collections were used including the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders assessment observational notes informal interviews and a behavioural rubric The data was coded and analysed for evidence of strategies of self-regulation The data was discussed to find the design principles that supported these strategiesThe findings indicated that the game scaffolded the self-regulatory skills of self-talk goal-orientated learning self-motivation self-monitoring and social competence The results indicated that the game did not facilitate reflection10 IntroductionThis study investigates how instructional games can be used as a support to scaffold childrens practice of self-regulated learning strategies This chapter frames the purpose and the intent of the research through illustrating the background to the study and the aim of the intervention The chapter then give an overview of the thesis roadmap to frame the structure of the research for the reader 11 BackgroundThe Problem Self-reflection stimulates learners to stay on track inspiring them to evaluate their goals think about how they will react to improve later
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