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ALBERT BANDURA

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Excerpts from Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control

Dislodging a low sense of personal efficacy requires explicit, compelling feedback that forcefully disputes the preexisting disbelief in one's capabilities. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 82


Self-beliefs that have served a protective function for years are not quickly discarded. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 83


The road to proficiency is marked by spurts, setbacks, and periods of little or no progress. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 86


Much time is spent on plateaus with small gains in between. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 86


Complacent self-assurance creates little incentive to expend the increased effort needed to attain high levels of performance. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 98


Persuasory mentors must be good diagnosticians of strengths and weaknesses and knowledgeable about how to tailor activities to turn potentiality into actuality. Moreover, to ensure progress in personal development, skilled efficacy builders encourage people to measure their successes in terms of self-improvement rather than in terms of triumphs over others. Mere pronouncements of capacity to shape the course of one’s life without providing efficacy-affirming experiences along the way become empty homilies. ~ Albert Bandura, Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control, p. 106


Excerpts from "Swimming Against the Mainstream"

A responsible social science must concern itself not only with the advancement of knowledge, but with the social effects of its applications. ~ Bandura (2004), p. 619


People have to live with a psychic environment that is largely of their own making. ~ Bandura (2004), p. 623


People are producers of their life circumstances not just products of them. ~ Bandura (2004), p. 623


We profit little from our successes in psychology because we lack effective diffusion models. ~ Bandura (2004), p. 626


Excerpts from Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions
Chapter 18: Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology

"The content of most textbooks is perishable, but the tools of self-directedness serve one well over time." ~ Albert Bandura, as quoted in Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk's "Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


The humor and yet pathos of these social learning experiences left an indelible mark on Bandura's understanding of the human condition—an enduring appreciation of the value of human agency, even among the dispossessed, in a world of real consequences. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk,"Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


Bandura focused on how to make "chance" opportunities happen through an inquisitive life and on how to exploit these opportunities through self-development. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk,"Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


[Bandura] viewed perceived efficacy as the foundation of human motivation and action. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk,"Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


Teachers and peers are attracted to prosocial children and provide them greater academic support and guidance. Prosocial students thus proactively created social environments that are conducive to their academic development. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk,"Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


The paths that lives take are influenced by the interplay of diverse evens in which individuals play an agentic role. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk,"Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


[Bandura's conception of learning] involves the development of self-beliefs and self-regulatory capabilities of students to educate themselves throughout their lifetime. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk, "Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


Students' self-efficacy beliefs not only enhance academic achievement, they promote intrinsic interest and reduce academic anxiety. Contrary to common belief, academic anxiety is an effect of perceived efficacy, not a determinant of academic performance. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk, "Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


Traits are essentially clusters of habitual behaviors, not the structure of personality. ~ Barry Zimmerman & Dale Schunk, "Albert Bandura: The Scholar and His Contributions to Educational Psychology"


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