Posted by: Allyson Hadwin | March 16, 2011

Self-Efficacy Activity: The GSE

The General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE)

Schwarzer & Jerusalem (1995) designed the generalized self-efficacy scale to tap into broad perceptions of the skills and thoughts behind self-efficacy. This translates to an ability (or lack of ability) to demonstrate persistence in meeting goals and performing tasks across various domains. In completing the GSE, you are getting a snapshot of your overall beliefs about your ability to execute these types of behaviours.

NOTE: It is critical to understand that your results on this scale are NOT meant to reflect how you appraise your self-efficacy across all situations. The intent is to orient you to the types of attributions and ideas underpinning the concept, not to actually measure the concept, per se.

Now, I know this is a slight departure from self-efficacy in the embedded context of SRL, but we’ll get to that shortly. I promise you there is a “method to the madness.”

Clicking the link below will open the GSE in a new window. This scale contains ten questions and should take no more than a few minutes. Once you have answered all ten questions and have tallied and recorded your score, you may hit “Submit” and return to this window.

http://app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/srltech/general-self-efficacy-scale/

Got your GSE score? Click here.

References

Schwarzer, R., & Jerusalem, M. (1995). Generalized Self-Efficacy scale. In J. Weinman, S. Wright, & M. Johnston, Measures in health psychology: A user’s portfolio. Causal and control beliefs (pp. 35-37). Windsor, UK: NFER-NELSON.

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