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Promoting Self-Regulated Learning Through Prompts

Joachim Wirth

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Prompts are effective means for promoting self-regulated learning provided that learners show “only” a production deficiency. Prompts can be classified with respect to their content, the condition for their presentation, and their method. In sum, the studies presented in the special issue demonstrate that prompts are effective means if their content aims at activating cognitive strategies or both cognitive as well as metacognitive strategies. Additionally, all studies used the feed forward method to present prompts. However, the studies differ with respect to how the deal with the cyclic character of self-regulated learning and whether they use prompts as the only instructional method or as a supplement to other instructions.