Self Efficacy And Their Performance On Tasks

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Self-efficacy is concerned with a person’s subjective judgment of how well they are able to use their own abilities and because of this, self-efficacy is found to be a good predictor of one’s performance (Schunk, 1984, Ouweneel, et al., 2013). This study examined how positive or negative feedback can effect one’s self-efficacy and their performance on tasks. Participants received either positive, negative, or no feedback in-between two spatial reasoning tasks. Their performance was measured along with their self-efficacy and self-esteem levels before the first task and after the second. Overall, our results show that stress levels decreased across all groups. Between the groups, the negative feedback group decreased the least. This could be due to the feedback that the negative group received. The negative group may have felt unprepared for the task which would result in higher stress levels than the other groups. However, the fact that all of the groups had a decrease in their stress levels would indicate that the first task was perceived as more difficult than the second task. Therefore, the groups felt more stress at the beginning and when doing a simpler task later, their stress levels decreased. Another possibility for the decreased levels, and the most probable, is that the participants didn’t care about the study and exerted less effort as the study progressed. Self-esteem has been thought to be trait-like, in that it’s hard for self-esteem to change within short…
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