First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Christine ThorpFollow

Title of Poster or Paper

Fostering Self-Efficacy in the Classroom

Mentor/s

Brent Little Alicja Stannard

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Society places significant emphasis on raising a student’s self-esteem in the classroom. Teachers and parents are constantly praising students for their work within and outside of the classroom and participation trophies and ribbons are handed out at most elementary-aged functions. Modern society has become so fixated on raising children’s self-esteem that students now do not know how to fail. Instead of solely focusing on raising a student's self-esteem, teachers instead need to help foster student self-efficacy, by encouraging mistakes and failures and letting a student learn these mistakes. Short-term student success comes from raising a student’s self-esteem, long-term success comes from fostering self-efficacy. To foster self-efficacy in the classroom, educators need to help their students cultivate a sense of intrinsic motivation as well as implement positive stress into the classroom. Pushing students to take an active role in their education at a young age sets the students up for academic success that will carry them throughout their education journey. Aiding students out of their comfort zones creates a healthy sense of stress, where students truly start to learn the academic material and about themselves. Implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education at the elementary level helps students get accustomed to constant trial and error and learning from their mistakes. STEM education teaches students to approach a problem with a variety of solutions and learn that failures are just a part of the learning process. STEM education helps students foster a sense of self-efficacy and confidence that transcends into every academic area in a student's education.

College and Major available

STEM, Education BA/BS, Interdisciplinary Studies BA/BS

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN300 Honors Capstone, Professor Brent Little and Professor Alicja Stannard

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Christine Thorp - Major: STEM Minors: Psychology, Global Studies, Honors Graduation Year: 2022

2nd Place, Campus Choice award.

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May 5th, 1:00 PM May 5th, 4:00 PM

Fostering Self-Efficacy in the Classroom

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Society places significant emphasis on raising a student’s self-esteem in the classroom. Teachers and parents are constantly praising students for their work within and outside of the classroom and participation trophies and ribbons are handed out at most elementary-aged functions. Modern society has become so fixated on raising children’s self-esteem that students now do not know how to fail. Instead of solely focusing on raising a student's self-esteem, teachers instead need to help foster student self-efficacy, by encouraging mistakes and failures and letting a student learn these mistakes. Short-term student success comes from raising a student’s self-esteem, long-term success comes from fostering self-efficacy. To foster self-efficacy in the classroom, educators need to help their students cultivate a sense of intrinsic motivation as well as implement positive stress into the classroom. Pushing students to take an active role in their education at a young age sets the students up for academic success that will carry them throughout their education journey. Aiding students out of their comfort zones creates a healthy sense of stress, where students truly start to learn the academic material and about themselves. Implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education at the elementary level helps students get accustomed to constant trial and error and learning from their mistakes. STEM education teaches students to approach a problem with a variety of solutions and learn that failures are just a part of the learning process. STEM education helps students foster a sense of self-efficacy and confidence that transcends into every academic area in a student's education.

 

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