Understanding procrastination from a self-regulated learning perspective

Christopher A. Wolters
2003 Journal of Educational Psychology  
Academic procrastination includes failing to perform an activity within the desired time frame or postponing until the last minute activities one ultimately intends to complete. As such, high levels of procrastination appear inconsistent with the behaviors typically attributed to self-regulated learners. However, research exploring the relation between these 2 constructs is lacking. Two studies (N ϭ 168 and N ϭ 152) examining procrastination and its relation to several key components of
more » ... mponents of self-regulated learning using self-report surveys are reported here. Results indicate that procrastination was related to college students' self-efficacy and work-avoidant goal orientation and, to a lesser extent, their use of metacognitive strategies. Findings are discussed with regard to prior research on self-regulated learning and procrastination and to future research.
doi:10.1037//0022-0663.95.1.179 fatcat:lgqa6fw4qjgzpdnpalvsqsbsr4