Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance, which strengthens our resolve to take on challenges.
Confidence is one of the those attitudes parents and educators want to see in learners. If we can develop confident learners, we equip each with that key: a compelling desire to take the initiative and give things a try. Mistakes are easier to accept when we feel confident – because we appreciate they are part of the learning journey and so we bounce on (not back).
Confidence is being prepared to tackle work with little support. A confident student is prepared to have a go but is also able to believe they can do it – so they are POSITIVE. Students with low capacity will be those who are always seeking teacher’s assistance, wanting to know the questions again, or are looking on at other people’s work. Less confident students may be the ones who find it hard to socialise – or often state that they have no friends. Sometimes the seemingly over-confident students may actually be over-compensating for their self-doubts. This self-doubt is inextricably linked to negative attitudes, such as anxiety and fearfulness.
Research highlights the learning potential difference between self-efficacy (self-confidence in academic ability) and self-esteem.
Self-confidence leads to greater growth – whereas self-esteem has little to do with learning gains.
Confidence Based Learning is a theory that improves mastery.