Alumna Teya Rutherford (Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University; PhD in Education, 2014) is first author on a paper accepted for publication in Applied Cognitive Psychology: "Links between Achievement, Executive Functions, and Self-Regulated Learning." Co-authors are Martin Buschkuehl (MIND Institute) and Professors Susanne Jaeggi and George Farkas.
Student self‐regulated learning (SRL) is theorized to draw upon cognitive resources such as executive functions (EF) in support of planning, monitoring, and control processes in the service of academic goals. Prior work has demonstrated connections between direct measures of EF and reports of regulation behaviors, but this has not been frequently extended using an SRL framework to classroom behaviors and resulting school achievement. We find relations between inhibition and shifting elements of EF and teacher reports of SRL and links between both and student achievement on standardized tests and classroom grades in mathematics and language arts. We also find that links between EF and math achievement are partially mediated through SRL. Our results suggest that aspects of EF can support or may be a bottleneck for SRL and thus academic achievement, and as such, they have implications for cognitive and educational interventions.
Rutherford, T., Buschkuehl, M., Jaeggi, S. M., & Farkas, G. (in press.). Links between achievement, executive functions, and self-regulated learning. Applied Cognitive Psychology.