Boosting Students' Can-Do Attitude

Protheroe, Nancy
May 2010
Principal;May/Jun2010, Vol. 89 Issue 5, p40
The article discusses strategies for increasing students' sense of self-efficacy, or belief in their own ability to learn. It notes that generally confident students may not feel confident about school. It states that self-efficacy is learned and reflects perseverance when one does not succeed. Self-efficacy, it states, is influenced by structured mastery experiences linked to one's own efforts and to group efforts, and by the belief that mistakes are learning opportunities.


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