|Sandra Short authors book on self-efficacy in sport|
Sandra Short knows a thing or two about self-efficacy: what it is and what it takes to have it. Short, a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness, has co-authored a new book, "Self-Efficacy in Sport – Research and strategies for Working with Athletes, Teams, and Coaches."
According to the publisher, Human Kinetics, "Self-Efficacy in Sport" is packed with theory-based and research-tested guidelines and recommendations for designing interventions to build, maintain, and regain confidence in sport.
A key feature of the book is its annotated bibliography section that contains summaries of over 200 research studies that have been completed on self-confidence in sport over the past 30 years. This section allows readers to quickly and critically evaluate all of the research cited in the book and prevents the book from becoming simply a long literature review.
Each chapter in the book is written in a stand-alone format, which makes it an easy read for those people looking to find research and intervention techniques to fit their specific needs.
Practitioners can use the book to identify specific psychological strategies that can be used to build, maintain, and regain self-confidence for athletes, teams, and coaches.
Students and researchers can use the book to launch their own research programs.
Dr. Albert Bandura, considered to be one of the most eminent psychologists of our time, wrote the following words of praise:
"Firmly grounded in theory, this book provides a stellar analysis of the influential role of perceived self-efficacy in athletic development and functioning. It is uniquely broad in scope, offering a masterful overview of the foundation, research, and application of self-efficacy theory in the field of athletics. Because of the scope and depth of coverage, this book is an invaluable resource for theorists and practitioners alike seeking an understanding of how beliefs of personal and collective efficacy contribute to the quality of athletic life. But it is about more than sports. The insights it provides can also serve one well in other life pursuits. This is a truly outstanding book that has the makings of a classic in the field of athletics."
Short also holds an adjunct appointment in the psychology department. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award and a New Faculty Scholar Award. Short is an associate editor for The Sport Psychologist, the founding co-editor for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, and a guest reviewer for 15 other journals. She has co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, mostly focused on efficacy beliefs and imagery. She has been the advisor to more than 25 master's degree students. She earned her Ph.D. in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity from Michigan State University.
Most recently, Short was honored with the inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship by an Individual Faculty Member from the College of Education and Human Development in April. She has worked at the College since 1999.
To order the book, contact a local book store or visit www.humankinetics.com.