Strategies to support self-regulated learning in integrated, student-centered curricula

Amy Greenberg*, Doreen M. Olvet, Judith Brenner, Binbin Zheng, Amber Chess, Elisabeth F.M. Schlegel, Samara B. Ginzburg

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Purpose: With undergraduate medical education shifting to an integrated, student-centered approach, self-regulated learning (SRL) skills are critical for student success. Educational research holds that learning strategy effectiveness is context dependent. Our study aims to explore what strategies medical students use to support SRL when engaged in the specific context of an integrated, student-centered curriculum. Approach: This study took place in two medical schools with integrated, student-centered curricula. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with first-year medical students from both schools, asking them to reflect on the learning strategies they used throughout their first year of medical school. Interview data was analyzed first deductively using the SRL framework and then inductively to understand the specific strategies being used. Findings: Students engaged in strategies to support SRL in ways that were unique to the integrated, student-centered context. We found that medical students developed strategies to plan for integration and building connections across material during all three phases of self-regulated learning. Insights: By identifying specific tasks and behaviors students utilized during their first year of medical school, this study provides a roadmap that students and educators can use to help students become self-regulated learners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1394
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Self-regulated learning
  • academic support
  • coaching
  • integrated curriculum
  • self-directed learning
  • student-centered


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