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The determinants of self-efficacy beliefs among academically exceptional children

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dc.contributor.author Bresgi BS (nee Snipelisky) en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:10Z
dc.date.created 1980 en
dc.date.submitted 1982 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109477
dc.description.abstract Investigates the effects of performance accomplishments, modelling and locus of control beliefs on the self-efficacy estimations of academically exceptional children. Results indicate the existence of two separate patterns. For the group of learning disabled (LD) children, modelling proves to be the most significant predictor variable. Self-efficacy beliefs in the group of gifted children however, are determined largely by locus of control beliefs for positive events. The present study does not support the proposal that performance accomplishments have superior predictive ability to modelling. Further, self-efficacy theory predictions receive no support from the results obtained for the sample of gifted children. For this group, an additional variable, locus of control beliefs, is found to be more predictive than either of the proposed determinants even though Bandura suggests that it is an important moderator of performance accomplishments and modelling. The present findings are explained largely in terms of the different subject characteristics within the sample of the present study as well as between these subjects and the subjects used in previous self-efficacy research. It is concluded that self-efficacy and behaviour are both situation and subject specific. While the results of the present study do not support self-efficacy theory predictions conclusively, they do demonstrate the existence of a mediating cognitive mechanism, thus confirming certain social learning theory proposals. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Personality psychology en
dc.subject 020 Education en
dc.title The determinants of self-efficacy beliefs among academically exceptional children en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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