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Toland, Michael D.; Usher, Ellen L. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2016
The present study tested whether a reduced number of categories is optimal for assessing mathematics self-efficacy among middle school students using a 6-point Likert-type format or a 0- to 100-point format. Two independent samples of middle school adolescents (N = 1,913) were administered a 24-item Middle School Mathematics Self-Efficacy Scale…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Mathematics Instruction, Likert Scales, Mathematics Skills
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Ahn, Hyun Seon; Usher, Ellen L.; Butz, Amanda; Bong, Mimi – British Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016
Background: The potential role of culture in the development and operation of self-efficacy has been acknowledged by researchers. Clearer understanding of this cultural impact will benefit from research that shows how the same efficacy information is evaluated across cultures. Aims: We tested whether two sources of self-efficacy information…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Self Efficacy, Feedback (Response), Information Sources
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Joet, Gwenaelle; Usher, Ellen L.; Bressoux, Pascal – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2011
The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of Bandura's (1997) theorized sources of self-efficacy on the academic and self-regulatory efficacy beliefs of 3rd-grade elementary school students (N = 395) in France, to examine whether classroom context might explain a significant portion of the variation in self-efficacy, and to assess…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Females, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries
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Spence, Dianna J.; Usher, Ellen L. – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2007
This research applied Bandura's (1986) social cognitive theory to examine engagement with courseware in traditional and online remedial mathematics learning environments. The study investigated the relationship of courseware engagement to age, computer self-efficacy, computer playfulness, and self-efficacy for self-regulated mathematics learning.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Self Efficacy, Mathematics Achievement, Courseware
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Usher, Ellen L. – American Educational Research Journal, 2009
According to A. Bandura's (1986) social cognitive theory, individuals form their self-efficacy beliefs by interpreting information from four sources: mastery experience, vicarious experience, social persuasions, and physiological or affective states. The purpose of this study was to examine the heuristics students use as they form their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Self Efficacy, Heuristics, Mathematics Teachers
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Usher, Ellen L.; Pajares, Frank – Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2009
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate items with which to assess A. Bandura's (1997) theorized sources of self-efficacy among middle school mathematics students. Results from Phase 1 (N=1111) were used to develop and refine items for subsequent use. In Phase 2 of the study (N=824), a 39-item, four-factor exploratory model fit best.…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Psychometrics, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction