- Series: Adolescence and Education
- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Information Age Publishing (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593113668
- ISBN-13: 978-1593113667
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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self-efficacy. Part of the social cognitive theory of Albert Bandura, America's greatest living psychologist, self-efficacy refers to people's beliefs in their own capabilities. In this book, editors Frank Pajares and Tim Urdan bring together practically every prominent voice currently studying self-efficacy. The focus on adolescents is especially worthwhile, as none of the existing books on this topic has focused on this important age group. Bandura himself authors two chapters, one that places self-efficacy during adolescence in perspective and another that offers the Guide for Constructing Self-Efficacy Scales. Other chapters are penned by prominent researchers such as Barry Zimmerman, Dale Schunk, Anita Woolfolk (who writes on the self-efficacy beliefs of teachers), Robert Lent and Nancy Betz (whose focus is how self-efficacy beliefs play out when adolescents begin to select careers), and Ralf Schwarzer (on self-efficacy, adolescent risk-taking, and health). There are also chapters geared for those interested in how self-efficacy beliefs influence adolescents in areas such as special education, culture, the family, and sports. Perhaps the most practical chapter is provided by Pajares, who offers teachers and parents valuable insights about how self-efficacy beliefs can be nurtured and developed. This is a rewarding read and a much needed book.