What is it about?
Help-seeking is an important self-regulated learning skill, but many students prefer to keep quiet than speak up when they do not understand. This study explains students' help-seeking preferences by surfacing the tacit reasoning that sustains their decisions to speak up or not.
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Why is it important?
Few help-seeking studies have actually observed how, and when, students seek help. A major contribution of this study was an investigation of the conditions under which students did and did not seek help. Furthermore, help-seeking and avoidance is often explained as a consequence of students' achievement goals. This study challenged this explanation by showing how students' particular patterns of help-seeking and avoidance were closely linked with their perception of the risks and benefits of speaking up.
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This page is a summary of: Theories in use that explain adolescent help seeking and avoidance in mathematics., Journal of Educational Psychology, April 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/edu0000423.
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