Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory. This theory emphasizes how cognitive, behavioral, personal, and environmental factors interact to determine motivation and behavior (Crothers, Hughes, ; Morine, 2008). Human functioning is the result of the interaction among all three of these factors. Individuals “function as contributors to their own motivation, behavior, and development within a network of reciprocally interacting influences” (Bandura, 1999). Although social cognitive theory covers many topics such as moral judgment and physiological arousal, research has been primarily focused on self-efficacy, or the beliefs regarding one’s capabilities of successfully completing tasks or goals.
(Locke & Latham, 2002) as cited at (https://wikispaces.psu.edu/display/PSYCH 484/7.+SelfEfficacy+and+Social+Cognitive+Theories).

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