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Chen, Jason A.; Pajares, Frank – Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2010
We investigated: (a) the associations of implicit theories and epistemological beliefs and their effects on the academic motivation and achievement of students in Grade 6 science and (b) the mean differences of implicit theories, epistemological beliefs, and academic motivation and achievement as a function of gender and race/ethnicity (N=508).…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Motivation, Path Analysis
Pajares, Frank; Valiante, Gio – 1996
According to self-efficacy theorists, people's judgments of what they can accomplish are influential arbiters in human agency and, as such, powerful determinants of their behavior. In large part, this is because these self-efficacy beliefs are said to act as mediators between other acknowledged influences on behavior, such as skill, ability,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Tests, Elementary Education, Gender Issues
Pajares, Frank; Kranzler, John – 1995
According to social cognitive theorists, people's judgments of their own capabilities to accomplish specific tasks strongly influence human motivation and behavior. Path analysis was used to test the influence of math self-efficacy and general mental ability on the math problem-solving performance of 329 high school students. A model that also…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, High School Students, High Schools, Mathematics Achievement
Pajares, Frank; Johnson, Margaret J. – 1995
Path analysis was used to test the influence of writing self-efficacy, self-concept, apprehension, and aptitude on the essay-writing performance of 181 ninth-grade students in a public high school in the southwestern United States. A model that also included gender accounted for 53% of the variance in performance. As hypothesized, both aptitude…
Descriptors: Grade 9, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Path Analysis
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Pajares, Frank; Miller, M. David – Journal of Educational Psychology, 1994
Path analysis was used to test the predictive and mediational roles of self-efficacy beliefs in mathematics problem solving for 350 undergraduates. The predictive role of self-efficacy supports the hypothesized role of self-efficacy in the social cognitive theory of A. Bandura (1986). (SLD)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Higher Education, Mathematics, Path Analysis