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What is Self-Efficacy?

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideMay 15, 2008

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Psychologist Albert Bandura has defined self-efficacy as our belief in our ability to succeed in specific situations. Your sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how you approach goals, tasks, and challenges. The concept of self-efficacy lies at the center Bandura’s social cognitive theory, which emphasizes the role of observational learning and social experience in the development of personality. According to Bandura's theory, people with high self-efficacy - that is, those who believe they can perform well - are more likely to view difficult tasks as something to be mastered rather than something to be avoided. Learn more about self-efficacy and Bandura in the links below.


December 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm
(1) Anita says:

Thank you oh so much for the explanation on Self Efficacy. My final exam is on Monday and this just helped me out a great deal. Because if I look at my text book I am just seein words.

May 21, 2008 at 1:55 am
(2) Mike says:

Thank you for the good definition, pretty lady.

May 25, 2008 at 6:10 pm

thanks a bunch..I have been reading my text on self efficacy and could not really get a grasp of what it was,thanks to you I can now attempt to write my 8 page draft.

November 30, 2008 at 1:40 am
(4) Moin says:

Well defined.

March 17, 2009 at 7:56 am
(5) Sumit Bajracharya says:

Thank u for providing the concept of self efficacy. Tommorow i have my presentation.

April 29, 2009 at 12:39 am
(6) Molelle Phillip Matsie says:

I think this implies people who think that they know better to such an extand that they fill excited about when dealing with any particulor problem.

May 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm
(7) george says:

thank you so much this helped alot on my final exam today

November 25, 2009 at 3:53 am
(8) rhopie says:

whats the difference between self concept and self-efficacy?

April 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(9) Moses ogenyi says:

Thanks for your defination because focus on my project because i now know my potentials.

May 10, 2010 at 8:00 am
(10) Matthew says:

fantastic explanation.

May 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(11) debahooti basu says:

I am to study self efficacy for my research work. I need a scale .can u help me?

September 26, 2010 at 12:22 am
(12) Jessica says:

I was wondering if you could explain the benefits of using a transtheoretical model rather than the theory of self efficacy.

May 10, 2011 at 6:18 am
(13) Fatima kassim says:

Wot is self concept?

July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm
(14) Eruchalu says:

how can one build this self-efficacy?

April 24, 2012 at 2:19 am
(15) Mijere says:


November 20, 2012 at 12:55 am
(16) safia says:

Is there actually a difference between when we talked about teachers? beliefs and teachers self efficacy?

November 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(17) CLT says:

I second that! Great article.

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