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Self-Efficacy and Future Goals in Education

1st Edition

By Barbara A. Greene


100 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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As the inner resource that drives us to pursue activities, to put forth effort, and to avoid failure, motivation is key to overall well-being. Self-efficacy and future goals are important to understanding and reinforcing the motivation to learn, especially for students in classroom settings. Written by a leading expert on motivation, this book situates the topic within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory, and brings it to a wider audience. With chapters on the fundamentals of self-efficacy and future goals, their importance for student learning, and how to develop them in educational settings, this concise volume is designed for any education course that includes student motivation in the curriculum. It will be indispensible for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.


"In this highly synthetic book, Barbara A. Greene draws on a wealth of motivation research to weave together conceptual contributions of self-determination and social cognitive theories with self-efficacy and future goals to provide teachers and parents with adaptive strategies to promote learning. Suggestions include providing informational rather than evaluative feedback, establishing autonomous rather than controlling classrooms, and, consistent with current relevance intervention research, stressing links between classroom activity and desirable future outcomes."

---Stuart A. Karabenick, Research Professor, Combined Program in Education & Psychology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Theoretical underpinnings
  3. Self-efficacy
  4. Future goals
  5. Implications for Motivating Others
  6. Conclusions




About the Author

Barbara Greene is Brian E. and Sandra O'Brien Presidential Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

About the Series

Ed Psych Insights

The Ed Psych Insights series translates major topics from educational psychology into accessible primers for general education students, teachers in training, and all education scholars. Thorough yet concise, expert-authored yet highly readable, each Ed Psych Insights book centers on a key construct that already has a high-level evidence base but that is increasingly integrating into teaching and into the Education sector’s broader discourse. Cognition, self-regulation, student assessment, classroom discussion, and emotions are just some of the issues already covered by the volumes of the series so far. Written in language common to stakeholders across Education and readable by the intelligent public, these books offer readers a basic working knowledge of the chosen construct.

Each book is approximately 40,000 words (140 book pages) and addresses the core meaning of its construct, takeaways from existing research, and implications for pedagogy. Rather than include extensive literature reviews or references more typical of scholarly writings, each volume limits in-text citations, instead using superscript numbers to lead readers to references at the end of the book (think Wikipedia). Glossaries are included to familiarize readers with the important terms and concepts described in the book.

The Ed Psych Insights series is edited by Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland, USA, and published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Classroom Management
EDUCATION / Behavioral Management