Self-regulation, educational attainment, and culture

An experiment involving more than 17,900 online learners from more than 80 countries found that learners in cultures considered to be individualist, such as the United States, were 15-32% more likely to complete their course of study if they completed a brief writing activity that facilitated goal commitment and goal-directed behavior, compared with a control group who wrote about their experiences and interests in the course; however, course completion rates among learners in cultures considered to be collectivist, such as China, were unaffected by the same writing activity. - Read at PNAS

Article #16-11898: “Eight-minute self-regulation intervention raises educational attainment at scale in individualist but not collectivist cultures,” by René F. Kizilcec and Geoffrey Cohen.