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Ellen L. Usher
University of Kentucky
53Publications
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#1Abigail M. A. LoveH-Index: 2
#2Michael D. TolandH-Index: 12
Last.Amy D. SpriggsH-Index: 9
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Study Design Cohort. Background The Self-Efficacy for Home Exercise Program Scale (SEHEPS) was developed to help clinicians evaluate patients’ self-efficacy for performing prescribed home exercise ...
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#1Pilvi Peura (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 2
#2Helena Viholainen (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 10
Last.Mikko Aro (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 22
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AbstractWe investigated the specificity of reading self-efficacy among second- to fifth-grade children in Finland (N = 1,327). Bandura (1997) theorized that efficacy beliefs can be assessed at different levels of specificity; however, empirical support for this view is scarce among young children. Efficacy beliefs targeting reading-related activities were assessed at three specificity levels (general, intermediate, and specific). Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that these specificity level...
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#1Pilvi Peura (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 2
#2Tuija Aro (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 11
Last.Mikko Aro (University of Jyväskylä)H-Index: 22
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Abstract Efficacy beliefs relate to effort and persistence devoted to learning. Therefore, efficacy beliefs might be especially important in achieving skills that require persistent practice, such as fluent reading. Although reading self-efficacy has been positively linked to reading comprehension, less is known about its relationship to reading fluency. The relationship between reading self-efficacy studied at three specificity levels and reading fluency development was examined among Finnish p...
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#1Ellen L. Usher (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 20
#2Caihong Li (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 2
Last.Joanne P. Rojas (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 1
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Psychological factors such as grit and self-efficacy have been heralded as powerful predictors of performance. Their joint contribution to the prediction of early adolescents’ school success has not been fully investigated, however. The purpose of this study was to examine U.S. elementary and middle school students’ (N = 2,430) grit (assessed as perseverance of effort) and self-efficacy, and their predictive relationship with achievement and teacher-rated motivation and competence in reading and...
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#1Jennifer L. Osterhage (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 2
#2Ellen L. Usher (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 20
Last.William M. Bailey (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 10
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#1Abigail M. A. Love (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 2
#2Michael D. Toland (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 12
Last.Amy D. Spriggs (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 9
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Abstract Currently, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2015) and this growing population of learners has been noted as one of the most challenging groups to teach. Teacher self-efficacy, the belief teachers hold about their instructional capabilities, has been shown to differ according to contextual factors, such as the type of students teachers face. The purpose of this investigation was to develop an instrumen...
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#1Ellen L. Usher (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 20
#2Calah J. Ford (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 1
Last.Brianna L. Weidner (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 1
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Abstract Rural living, particularly in economically distressed areas, may reduce students’ educational opportunities and alter their self-beliefs. According to social cognitive theory, the contexts in which people live influence how they feel about their capabilities. The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences that raise and lower the math and science self-efficacy of students living in a rural, high-poverty area in Central Appalachia. A convergent mixed methods design was used to ...
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#1Kelsey J. Picha (RMIT: RMIT University)H-Index: 1
#2Kate N. Jochimsen (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 2
Last.Timothy L. Uhl (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 37
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#1Abigail M. A. Love (UK: University of Kentucky)H-Index: 2
#2Amanda R. Butz (UW: University of Wisconsin-Madison)H-Index: 3
Last.Brittany L. Waiters (UK: University of Kentucky)
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Abstract This study investigates whether the length and pattern of early adolescents' ( N = 261) responses to open-ended self-reflective questions varied according to data collection method: paper and pencil versus online survey. Adolescent students' ( N paper = 157; N computer = 104) responses from a suburban, United States sample of fifth grade students were significantly longer on computerized surveys than on paper surveys. Students provided higher quality responses (i.e., lexically richer) o...
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