“People’s beliefs about their abilities have a profound effect on those abilities. Ability is not a fixed property; there is a huge variability in how you perform. People who have a sense of self-efficacy bounce back from failures; they approach things in terms of how to handle them rather than worrying about what can go wrong” – Alberta Bandura

So true.

During this journey I need to remind myself not to worry about what can go wrong…

I have been interested in self-efficacy for many years. It began during my BA with my honours research project on memory self-efficacy (beliefs about one’s capabilities to use memory effectively in memory demanding situations). In my honours thesis, Relationships between implicit theories and memory self-efficacy in older adults, I cited Bandura’s 1989 work. Interestingly my favourite book of his these days is from 1997 – the same year I completed that BA thesis!

Since then, I have written a few papers on self-efficacy in the areas of childhood anxiety and life stressors. When considering a research topic for my MA thesis, I even emailed Alberta Bandura… and was thrilled to receive a response from him! You could say he is like a celebrity in my world. Although my MA research focused on self-regulation, there were many connections to self-efficacy that helped further my understanding.

Now I am back reading and writing about self-efficacy – this time in the areas of teacher education and professional development. Such interesting topics for me – both personally and professionally.

I have added a few sites in my “Links” section – one to Bandura’s (1997) book and another for more information on his social cognitive theory and self-efficacy. He came to Alberta last year, maybe he will return here again and I’ll actually get to meet him!

One response

  1. Great to see you active (as usual) in so many ways. I hope to see you again soon 🙂 Happy writing/talking/lecturing! PS – as an interesting point in my research, the children’s perceived enjoyment of dance or the mathematics taught using dance did not seem to bear much, if any, relationship to their attainment…interesting, eh?

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