A Research Design: Investigating the Effects of Self-Regulated Learning Strategies on EFL Learners’ Writing Performance: A Case Study of a Chinese University

Abstract

Extensive research has recognized Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) as an essential means to explore learner’s intrinsic nature like learning motivation and strategies, and investigated its effects on learner’s learning outcomes. In such a rich theoretical framework, this paper aims to raise a specific research question on what SRL strategies Chinese EFL learners prefer to use and how the SRL strategies affect Chinese EFL learners’ writing performance. The process of the research design begins with the articulation of the author’s ontological and epistemological stance, then a discussion on the methodological considerations will be provided. The choice of a mixed method approach with specific techniques—questionnaire and interview—will be explained. Other concerns on ethics, validity and reliability, and limitations in the research design will be further expressed

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