How does student self-efficacy affect achievement?

How does student self-efficacy affect achievement? poster

Research Authorship:

Meghan Taylor

Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Deborah Reed | College of Education and Human Services | Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education


This presentation highlights the systematic integration of teacher inquiry within the undergraduate special education program at the University of North Florida. Inquiry is embedded across courses each semester and put into practice in a variety of ways in our PDS network. In all, inquiry serves as a tool for capturing student learning as candidates collaborate with mentor teachers to intervene and meet the needs of diverse learners. During the Fall 2019 semester, I implemented high leverage practices, collected and analyzed data of my students’ learning, and presented outcomes to my peers. By focusing on data-based decision making and designing instruction to meet the needs of struggling learners, prospective and practicing teachers’ knowledge of research supported practices improves. Through this inquiry project, I focused on the correlation between student’s self-efficacy, confidence, and perspective in an inclusion math class. Through analyzing student behaviors, I began to see a connection between the way the student’s feel about themselves and their achievement levels. Through literature review and strategy-based lesson plans, I found methods to implement to help improve student’s self-efficacy. Throughout the semester, the student’s self-efficacy fluctuated per the different lesson plans, due to difficulty levels, but at the conclusion of the post-assessment, the trend lines showed an increase confidence level. Through research and the implementation of inquiry, it was found that student self-efficacy correlates directly to student achievement.

4 thoughts on “How does student self-efficacy affect achievement?”

  1. Samantha Harrison

    Meghan – great job outlining your data that displays the correlation between student’s self-efficacy, confidence, and perspective in inclusion math classes. Your data will allow current and future teachers to better understand the needs of their struggling learners and help them create better students. Even though this research was collected in a math class, I believe this data can be applied across all measures, even outside of classrooms. Managers and other upper management leaders could use this information to promote employee productivity. This data is essential to understanding how one can become a better leader and in turn, become a better person. Through understanding and patience, great heights are achievable and Meghan has proved that.

  2. This poster changed my perspective on how students can perform based on how they feel. The deep dive into self-effacacy and how it can chance a students work habits is a great research topic and this presentation did a fantastic job at presenting that.

  3. Great reading Meghan. You hit it right on the head relationships and confidence paired with quality strategy instruction= success!! Great work! After 25 years as an educator, it is exciting to see a young educator hitting the nail on the head!

  4. You did such a great job displaying your information Meghan! This was such an interesting experiment, it definitely opened up my eyes to how the student’s self-efficacy affects their achievement!

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