Being Confident in What You Do

Jack Martin and Ann-Marie McLellan

in The Education of Selves

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199913671
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315949 | DOI:
Being Confident in What You Do

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Here the managerial self of educational psychology is considered through a critical historical examination of self-efficacy. The chapter examines theory and research on self-efficacy with a focus on Bandura’s writings from the late 1970s to today, considering whether (1) self-efficacy can be separated from human action as a whole, (2) self-efficacy can best be understood as a psychological or cognitive structure within individuals, (3) self-efficacy might appropriately be regarded as an internal cause of human action, and (4) the self that exercises self-efficacy ought to be identified with the person whose actions are the objects of inquiry. The view of self-efficacy as the core component of human agency is discussed, including the impact of self-efficacy theory and research on the education of students.

Keywords: managerial self; self-efficacy; collective efficacy; agency; human action, cognitive structure; internal cause, Bandura

Chapter.  9030 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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