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Self Efficacy in Education
A look at self efficacy and outcome in education.
# 149486 | 2,735 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Theory)

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This paper critically examines the relationship between self-efficacy rates and motivation, problem solving and academic development. This paper is intended not only to test this hypothesis within a specific educational environment but also to ascertain whether there are problematic areas of concern that can be remedied in terms of improving the student's level of self-efficacy belief. According to the paper, it is believed that by improving the self-efficacy outlook in students one will also improve student attitudes towards learning, which will positively impact on learning skills and results. Additionally, the paper cites the work of Albert Bandura and includes a brief literature review of other scholars in this area. Next, the paper posits whether self-efficacy does promote positive outcomes in academics, relating it back to Bandura's hypothesis. Finally, the paper describes the research design and analysis of the study. The paper concludes by stating that this study is primarily aimed at finding methods and ways of improving positive self-awareness and self-efficacy in school.


Brief Literature Overview
Research Questions
Description and Selection of Subjects
Research Design and Methodology / Data Gathering
Planned Analysis

From the Paper:

"The modern concept of self-efficacy is strongly linked to the work of Albert Bandura. The term in fact was coined by Bandura and is referred to more correctly as "self-efficacy beliefs and outcome expectancies" (Barkley, 2006, p 194). A central element of the argument that Bandura expounds in his 1986 publication entitled Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory is the view that " individuals feel about their intellectual experiences influences how much control they will have over their feelings in relation to the experience, their overall thoughts of the experience..." ( Kolata) In other words, the central argument that Bandura puts forward is that self-efficacy is related to way in which the individual internalizes and responds to their own intellectual achievements and experience and that this will determine the extent to which they will take on challenging tasks and projects in the future."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, A. (1993). Perceived Self-Efficacy in Cognitive Development and Functioning. Educational Psychologist, 28(2), 117-148. Retrieved July 12, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Bandura A. Self-Efficacy. Stanford University. Retrieved July 12, 2009, from
  • Bandura, A. ( 1986) Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Barkley, J. M. (2006). Reading Education: Is Self-Efficacy Important?. Reading Improvement, 43(4), 194+. Retrieved July 12, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Henk, W. A., & Melnick, S.A. (1995). The reader self-perception scale (RSPS): A new tool for measuring how children feel about themselves as readers. The Reading Teacher, 48, 470-482.

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