A qualitative study on self-regulated learning among high performing medical students

Foong, Chan Choong and Ghouse, Nur Liyana Bashir and Lye, An Jie and Holder, Nurul Atira Khairul Anhar and Pallath, Vinod and Hong, Wei-Han and Sim, Joong Hiong and Vadivelu, Jamuna (2021) A qualitative study on self-regulated learning among high performing medical students. BMC Medical Education, 21 (1). ISSN 1472-6920, DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-021-02712-w.

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BackgroundSelf-regulated learning (SRL) is an important contributing element to the academic success of students. Literature suggests that the understanding of SRL among medical students is obscure as there is still some uncertainty about whether high performing medical students use SRL. This study explored the characteristics of high performing medical students from the SRL perspective to gain a better understanding of the application of SRL for effective learning.MethodsTwenty-one students who scored at the 90th percentile in written knowledge-based assessment consented to participate in this study. Each student wrote a guided reflective journal and subsequently attended a semi-structured interview. Students were prompted to explain the rationales for their answers. The data were then analysed using thematic analysis to identify patterns among these students from the SRL perspective. Two coders analysed the data independently and discussed the codes to reach a consensus.ResultsHigh performing students set goals, made plans, and motivated themselves to achieve the goals. They put consistent efforts into their studies and applied effective learning strategies. They also employed coping mechanisms to deal with challenges. High performing students regularly evaluated their performance and adopted new strategies.ConclusionsThis study reported that high performing students applied SRL and described the rationales of practice. Medical schools could design SRL-driven interventions to enhance the learning experiences of medical students. Recommendations are made for students on how to apply SRL.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Geran Penyelidikan Tabung UMSC C.A.R.E [Grant No: PV045-2019]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-regulated learning; Undergraduate; High performing medical students; Pre-clinical; Effective learning; Characteristics; Qualitative research
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 04:27
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 04:27
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/33916

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