From IMDb:  In the summer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He’s been working as a supply teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. In an almost unheard of feat, he manages to make the team and enjoyed a three year career as a professional football player. Based on a true story. Written by garykmcd


The main purpose of this paper is to explain the behavior of the film’s major character  in light of the Bandura’s Model of Self-Efficacy – how can we explain his level’s (factors that contribute to) of sport confidence in light of Bandura’s Model?  We will also use the TSCI – a measure of sport confidence to gain insight into both his anxious and confident behavior throughout the film.

Text Reference Chapters:

Ch. 14 – Self-Confidence (omit momentum p. 323)

Ch. 16 pp. 378-381 (Self-Talk)

Ch. 2  pp. 34-39 (Using Psychological Measures)

Other References/Resources:

Self Confidence Lecture Slides

A Comprehensive Website on Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy

Bandura (2006). Guide to construction self-efficacy scales (complete the scales on pp. 320, 321, 323). Downloadable on the above site – save you time – it is here:  Bandura (2006) SE Scales Guide.

Feltz (1988).  Discussion of self-confidence and related constructs of self-efficacy and perceived competence – excellent background reading: Feltz (1988).

Key Points:

  1. Self-Confidence (Self-Efficacy) & Self-Talk for Football (Sport)Bandura’s Model of Self-Efficacy (example from film for Vince Papale for each component of his model). TSCI (Self-Confidence Questionnaire completed in class) – complete for Vince Papale.Recommend Self-Talk Program for Vince Papale – specific examples paired with specific scenes. Here is an optional link if you wish to supplement Tim’s lecture and the text reading.
  2. The coach in the  film attempts to regulate his player’s confidence level in an attempt to improve their performance.  What strategies did he use and were they effective (provide at least two examples from the film).  If you are able, explain the mechanism behind the strategies using the models from the text.
  3. The building blocks of your paper will be the paragraph.  Each paragraph should have one major point (e.g., The Inverted-U hypothesis best explains..) evidence should be presented to support your point (e.g., we see this in the bar scene when he…).  Finally, the link between the point and evidence should be explained (e.g., according to…).
  4. Reference lecture slides as simply “(Self-Efficacy Slides) or (Confidence Slides).
  5. Submit both your Outline and Viewing Guide in the Appendix of your paper as part of the same document. Your paper should not exceed five double-spaced pages in length, not including a separate Title, References, and Appendix pages.  E-mail your paper as a Word document (APA format – header not required) titled “yourname.movietitle.doc”.

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