The Impact of Setting Goals in Elementary Classrooms

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International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education


This article looks at how the self-regulated learning strategy of setting goals was used by seven pre-service teachers during their student teaching semester. Goals were set by student teachers throughout the semester during seminar classes. Each goal was set and reflected on before a new goal was determined. Findings indicate that pre-service teachers focused on improving either the management of their classrooms or pedagogy. The pre-service teachers reflected that setting a goal and thinking about a way to achieve the goal made positive impacts on their teaching practice. Implications of this study will be useful to teacher education programs and pre-service teachers in field placements.