Self-regulation: What is it? Why is it important?

Led by Jane Holmes Bernstein

The ability to regulate one’s behavior at a level appropriate for age is crucial for effective learning at all ages. This capacity for ‘self regulation’ is based on a suite of skills that support emotion regulation, behavioral modulation and executive control processes. The development of self-regulation skills is especially critical in the pre-school years when the foundation for learning is laid down. Indeed, evaluated prior formal academic schooling, self regulation skills predict academic performance in the early grades better than earlier academic readiness skills. Fostering self regulation skills must be integrated into the regular curriculum.