Taking Charge: Developing Self-Efficacy in Grade 8 Boys Through a Self-Determined and Project-Based Learning Program

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

Katy Mellow
St. Stithians Boys' College (South Africa)

This action research project investigated how participation in a self-determined learning program could develop self-efficacy in grade 8 boys. Self-efficacy means having the belief that one can alter one's life toward a desired outcome. Such belief serves as a powerful determinant in the decisions people make and the environments they choose—key in developing agency. As part of St. Stithians Boys’ College’s project-based learning program, the 27 boys in my class undertook the project “Take Charge.”