Assessing Self-Efficacy for Self-Regulated Learning

Authored by: Dale H. Schunk , Ellen L. Usher

Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance

Print publication date:  March  2011
Online publication date:  May  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415871112
eBook ISBN: 9780203839010
Adobe ISBN: 9781136881664


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Self-efficacy refers to one’s perceived capabilities for learning or performing actions at designated levels (Bandura, 1997). Researchers have explored the operation of self-efficacy in various domains (e.g., education, health, business) and among individuals differing in age, developmental level, and cultural background. This research has shown that self-efficacy influences individuals’ motivation, achievement, and self-regulation (Bandura, 1997; Multon, Brown, & Lent, 1991; Pajares, 1997; Stajkovic & Luthans, 1998).

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