Social Cognitive Theory

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Running head: SOCIAL COGNITIVE THEORY
Efficacy, motivation, & academic achievement: Social Cognitive Theory applications 
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Different theories of cognition apply themselves in different ways in regards to the development of the mind of the child.  Social Cognitive Theory demonstrates a potentially effective context in which effectively implemented methodologies can improve student achievement.   
Albert Bandura described Social Cognitive Theory as: "psychosocial functioning in terms of triadic reciprocal causation. In this causal model, behaviour, cognitive and other personal factors, and environmental events all operate as interacting determinants that...
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.....and goal setting are an important aspect of the educational process, and of cognitive development.  Also without doubt, as reflected by all of the researchers studied is that multiple variables are at play in these venues, and predictive values are elusive at best.  
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Zimmerman, B.J., Bandura, A., Martinez-Pons, M. (1992). Self Motivation for Academic Attainment: The Role of Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Personal Goal Setting.
American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 29(3), pp. 663-676.