Welcome to the UiS Business School Wednesday Seminar November 27, Elise Ottesen-Jensens hus, EOJ 276/277 at 12:15-13:15.
Henning Hermes, NHH - Norwegian School of Economics
Title: Self-regulation Training in Primary Schools Affects Long-Term Educational Career Paths, joint work with Daniel Schunk, Eva M. Berger, Kirsten Winkel, and Ernst Fehr
Self-regulation abilities are known to be a central predictor for educational success and a wide range of other important life outcomes. We conducted a randomized-controlled trial with about 600 first graders to identify the causal effect of a targeted self-regulation training on self-regulation abilities and academic performance. Results demonstrate that our self-regulation training increases long-term outcomes 12 months after treatment on standardized tests for inhibition control and attention as well as reading abilities; treated children also strongly improve on everyday self-regulation behavior. In addition, we document a substantially increased likelihood of choosing an academic track for secondary school three years after the training. We conclude that (i) self-regulation training in early years can substantially improve self-regulation abilities in the long run, and (ii) that these improvements transfer to academic abilities and high- stake decisions about the educational career paths.