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Self-efficacy : the exercise of control / Albert Bandura

Main Author Bandura, Albert, 1925- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : W.H. Freeman and Company, cop. 1997 Description IX, 604 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 978-0-7167-2850-4
CDU 159.922
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With over 20 years of research by renowned psychologist, Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy articulates his theory that believing one can achieve what one sets out to do results in a healthier, more effective, and generally more successful life.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Theoretical Perspectives
  • The Nature of Human Agency
  • Determinism and the Exercise of Self-Influence
  • Perceived Self-Efficacy as a Generative Capability
  • Efficacy Judgment and Action
  • Enactive Mastery Experience
  • 4 Mediating Processes
  • 5 Developmental Analysis of Self-Efficacy
  • Origins of a Sense of Personal Agency
  • Peers and the Broadening and Validation of Self-Efficacy
  • School as an Agency for Cultivating Self-Efficacy
  • Growth of Self-Efficacy through
  • Human Agency in Triadic Reciprocal Causation
  • 2 The Nature and Structure of Self-Efficacy
  • Physiological and Affective States
  • Related Views of Personal Efficacy
  • Sources of Discordance Between
  • 3 Sources of Self-Efficacy
  • Active Producers versus Passive Foretellers of Performances
  • The Self-Efficacy Approach to Personal Causation
  • Self-Efficacy Causality
  • Multidimensionality of Self-Efficacy Belief Systems
  • Selection Processes
  • Vicarious Experience
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Verbal Persuasion
  • Motivational Processes
  • Integration of Efficacy Information
  • Affective Processes
  • Familial Sources of Self-Efficacy
  • Transitional Experiences of Adolescence
  • Self-Efficacy Concerns of Adulthood
  • Reappraisals of Self-Efficacy with Advancing Age
  • 6 Cognitive Functioning
  • Students' Cognitive Self-Efficacy
  • Teachers' Perceived Efficacy
  • Collective School Efficacy
  • 7 Health Functioning
  • Biological Effects of Perceived Self-Efficacy
  • Perceived Self-Efficacy in Health
  • Promoting Behavior
  • Prognostic Judgments and Perceived Self-Efficacy
  • 8 Clinical Functioning
  • Anxiety and Phobic Dysfunctions
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • 9 Athletic Functioning
  • Development of Athletic Skills
  • Self-Regulation of Athletic Performance
  • Collective Team Efficacy
  • Psychobiological Effects of Physical Exercise
  • 10 Organizational Functioning
  • Career Development and Pursuits
  • Mastery of Occupational Roles
  • Self-Efficacy in Organizational
  • Decision Making
  • Self-Efficacy in Enactment of Occupational Roles
  • Collective Organizational Efficacy
  • 11 Collective Efficacy
  • Gauging Collective Efficacy
  • Political Efficacy
  • Enablement for Sociocultural Change
  • Underminers of Collective Efficacy
  • Name and Subject Indexes
  • References
  • Enablement by Media Modes of Influence

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Bandura's work is always compelling, insightful, well researched, and instructive; Self-Efficacy is no exception. There is no doubt in this reviewer's mind that this book will come to be considered a tour de force for social psychology. Arguably this analysis and summary of 20 years of research will stand out as one of the premier works of this decade. Bandura confronts the challenging issues of understanding how efficacy expectancies develop, the impact such expectancies have for a myriad of social behaviors, and how expectancies can be altered for positive change. The chapters relating self-efficacy to facets of functioning (such as cognitive and health functioning) are particularly compelling and important. Any faculty member reading this work will clearly see the implications of perceived self-efficacy for student motivation, interpretation of "success" and "failure" feedback, and, ultimately, decisions to persist and attain or drop out of school. Highly recommended for all faculty and ideal for courses that utilize the concept of self-efficacy in social psychology. Graduate students through professionals. R. E. Osborne; Indiana University East

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Albert Bandura was born on December 4, 1925, in Mundare, Alberta, Canada. He attended school at an elementary and high school in one and received his bachelor's from the University of British Columbia in 1949. Before he entered college, he spent one summer filling holes on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon. Bandura graduated from the University of Iowa in 1952 with his Ph. D., and after graduating, took a post-doctoral position with the Wichita Guidance Center in Kansas.

In 1953, Bandura accepted a position teaching at Stanford University. There he collaborated with student, Richard Walters on his first book, "Adolescent Aggression" in 1959. He was President of the APA in 1973 and received the APA's Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution in 1980. In 1999 he received the Thorndike Award for Distinguished Contributions of Psychology to Education from the American Psychological Association, and in 2001, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.

He is also the recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Psychological Science from the American Psychological Foundation. In 2008, he received the Grawemeyer Award for contributions to psychology.

His works include Social Learning Theory, Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory, and Self-efficacy : the exercise of control.

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