Volitional control of learning

J. Husman, L. Corno

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Research on volitional control of learning provides insight into how motivated students manage the learning process, cope with distractions, and persist in accomplishing goals. Conducted cross-nationally over the past three decades, this research has made interesting contributions to theory, become the basis for a number of intervention programs, and resulted in useful guidelines for parents and teachers who hope to build good academic work habits in children. This article summarizes key ideas and evidence demonstrating the importance of volitional control in learning and performance. We highlight empirically validated interventions targeting aspects of volitional control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080448947
StatePublished - 2010


  • Academic work habits
  • Action control
  • Delay of gratification
  • Effortful control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Emotional scaffolding
  • Implementation mindset
  • Motivation
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-monitoring
  • Self-regulation
  • Strategic learning
  • Volition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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