Self-Efficacy During Childhood and Adolescence: Implications for Teachers and Parents
This document is a chapter in the book titled, "Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Adolescents," which aims to educate students, scholars and practitioners involved in the education and care of youth. The author of this chapter builds on the assumption that the beliefs young people hold about their capability to succeed are vital forces in their subsequent success or failure. The author asserts that these "self-efficacy beliefs" provide the foundation for motivation, well-being, and personal accomplishment in all areas of life. The reason, he says, is that unless young people believe that their actions can produce the results they desire, they have little incentive to act or to persevere in the face of the difficulties that inevitably ensue. The author identifies some of the implications that emanate from the findings on self-efficacy obtained by researchers (which are presented in other chapters of the full book). The chapter includes suggested books and articles for further reading. Modified Author Abstract.