Promoting Trainee/Mentee Research Self-Efficacy
Attending one of this event will count as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit for faculty and staff. Please bring your Duke ID, as we will be tracking attendance using an ID card scanner.
Self-efficacy is the perceived confidence people have in their ability to perform a specific task or skill. Self-efficacy has a tremendous impact on behavior; people who lack self-efficacy in relation to a certain skill are less likely to perform tasks relating to that skill set. Mentors play a critical role in shaping the research experience to increase mentees' self-efficacy and, ultimately, mentee performance. Making deliberate efforts to strengthen mentees' research self-efficacy, like being explicit about how they are making important contributions to the team or telling them you believe they can successfully pursue a research career, can increase the likelihood that they will effectively perform the tasks that lead to these outcomes.
1. Define and articulate what self-efficacy is and its four sources
2. Articulate the mentor's role in fostering mentees' research self-efficacy
3. Identify signs of self-efficacy in relation to research related tasks
4. Practice strategies for building mentees' self-efficacy in research