The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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Self-Efficacy and its Effect on Goal Directed Behaviour


Julie Russell


The present study hypothesized that high self-efficacy and goal setting behaviour would relate to better performance on a series of three anagrams. Previous research has found that goal-setting is related to improved performance on various tasks (Douma, Ordonez, Schwitzer, 2005). Self-efficacy is the belief in one's ability to accomplish difficult tasks and affects individual's performance. In total 60 undergraduate students of the University of Western Ontario were recruited for participation, they were divided in to three groups: create your own goal, yoked goal and do your best. Self-efficacy was measured using the General Self-Efficacy scale developed by Jerusalem and Schwarzer. The results are deemed insignificant. The concepts of goal setting and self-efficacy will be further discussed.

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