Dr. Allyson Hadwin and Elizabeth Webster recently received a certificate for highly cited research for their article “Calibration in goal setting: Examining the nature of judgments of confidence”. This article was published in 2013 in Learning and Instruction. Congratulations!
This study examined the nature of confidence judgments associated with personal goal setting during undergraduate studying episodes. Calibration was examined between paired judgments of confidence and self-evaluations of goal attainment made over nine consecutive weeks. Participants were 170 students enrolled in a first-year undergraduate course designed to promote self-regulated learning. Learners completed nine weekly Personal Planning Tools in which they (a) set a personal academic goal for university studying in the upcoming week, (b) judged their confidence for attaining that goal (JOC), and (c) self-evaluated their success in attaining that goal after the study episode. Multilevel linear modeling indicated that (a) JOCs were better calibrated with self-evaluations of current goal attainment than past goal attainment, (b) calibration did not improve over the nine weeks, but learners did become less overconfident, and (c) learners who were performing better at university tended to be better calibrated.