Self-Efficacy in Learning and Teaching

Performance in school is improved and self-efficacy increases when students:

  • Adopt short term goals so it is easier to judge progress.
  • Are taught to use specific learning strategies such as outlining or summarizing that help them focus attention.
  • Receive awards based on achievement, not just engagement, because achievement rewards signal increasing competence.
And teachers?? Does a teacher's sense of efficacy effect student achievement? Most definitely!
"Teachers' sense of efficacy, a teacher's belief that he or she can reach even difficult students to help them learn, appears to be one of the few personal characteristics of teachers that is correlated with student achievement" (Woolfolk).

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