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# Examining Sources of Self-Efficacy in Whole-Class Problem Solving

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## Abstract

Self-efficacy is commonly defined as the belief in one’s abilities to attain a goal or outcome. This has significance in classroom situations where students with low self-efficacy fall into a self-fulfilling feedback loop of low aspirations leading to low performance, leading to even lower aspirations. In this research outline, we present a context in which a whole-class problem-solving implementation interrupted that loop for a student with low self-efficacy in mathematics. We demonstrate this using Bandura’s four sources of self-efficacy and offer further nuance to the original framework.

## Keywords

Self-efficacy Bandura Problem solving Visibly random groups Nonroutine problems## Notes

### Acknowledgements

Funding from PIA - CONICYT Based Funds for centers of excellence FB0003 and Reader Project 150135 CIAE and SFU Network for Mathematics Education are gratefully acknowledged.

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