Feelings of Self-Efficacy and College Success





Gaudreau, Nancy

A feeling of self-efficacy (Bandura), which is often confused with self-esteem, is undoubtedly one of the many ingredients required for student success. In her article, the author, a teacher and researcher at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, urges us to familiarize ourselves with this concept and focus on sources that can stimulate these feelings. Such sources include mastery experiences (involving efforts and aptitudes), vicarious experiences (involving behaviour modelled on that of others), social persuasion (involving verbal encouragement from others), and physiological responses (involving the socio-affective dimension).


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