Research design and the predictive power of measures of self-efficacy

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Abstract

The purpose of this enquiry was to examine how research design impacts on thepredictive power of measures of self-efficacy. Three cautions for designing research intoself-efficacy drawn from the seminal work of Albert Bandura (1986) and a furthercaution proposed by the current author together form the analytical framework for thisenquiry. For illustrative purposes, the analytical framework was applied to one stage ofthe author’s Mathematics for Initial Teacher Education Students (MITES) project, whosegoal was to determine the effects on self-efficacy of an intervention that aimed toincrease levels of mathematics competence among initial teacher education students. Thefindings of the present enquiry have implications for designing, reporting, anddetermining the credibility and contribution of research into self-efficacy and for makingmeaningful comparisons between studies, including those whose results differ from eachother or from what might be expected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Volume24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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