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Table 1 Examples of co-constructed definitions for codebook

From: Operationalization of self-regulation in the early years: comparing policy with theoretical underpinnings

  Construct Author one’s definition Author two’s definition Common elements Mutually constructed definition
Cognitive regulation Attention The ability to maintain focus on a specific stimulus while ignoring extraneous stimuli Paying attention, maintaining concentration, attending to relevant information/instructions, shifting attention Maintaining focus/concentration on relevant information The ability to pay attention, maintain, concentrate, and attend to relevant information
Inhibitory control The ability to stop a response Inhibiting impulsive responses to achieve a goal Stopping responses “Inhibitory control is the ability to inhibit responses to irrelevant stimuli while pursuing a cognitively represented goal
(Rothbart & Posner, 1985)
Working memory The ability to manipulate information while holding it Keeping track of multiple rules or pieces of information while carrying out a task Holding information The ability to keep track of information while carrying out a task
Cognitive flexibility The ability to move between cognitive processes with ease Being able to consider different strategies to accomplish a task or solve a problem-shifting “mental states” Moving between The ability to consider different strategies to accomplish a task or solve a problem