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HyperRESEARCH analyzes Adolescents with Learning Disorders

"Self-Efficacy From the Perspective of Adolescents With LD and Their Specialist Teachers" appears in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp 494-507 (2007). The authors, Robert M. Klassen (University of Alberta) and Shane L. Lynch (University of Alberta) utilized HyperRESEARCH for their qualitative study of adolescents with learning disorders.

"This study used qualitative methodology to investigate the self-efficacy beliefs of early adolescents with learning disabilities (LD). We conducted a series of focus group interviews with 28 Grade 8 and 9 students with LD and individual interviews with 7 specialist LD teachers. Content analyses of the student and teacher data resulted in 2 a priori and 3 inductive themes: self-efficacy, calibration and levels of self-efficacy, students' self-awareness, attributions for failure, and problems and solutions. The students viewed themselves as low in self-efficacy and generally accurate in the calibration of their efficacy and performance, whereas the teachers viewed the students as overconfident about academic tasks. In contrast to the teachers, the students viewed verbal persuasion as a valued source of self-efficacy. Students attributed their failures to lack of effort, whereas their teachers attributed student failure to uncontrollable deficits. Problems and solutions related to student motivation were discussed from student and teacher perspectives."

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