Failure, Reactions To

Over the course of life, we will all experience failure in some shape or form. Failure can encompass a variety of events that indicate an inability to perform a normal function (e.g., power failure) or lack of success (e.g., business failure). In an educational context, failure refers to attaining less than a passing grade or score in an examination or course. Researchers in the fields of psychology, education, and sociology have studied how individuals react to failure in school and its long-term effects.

Social Psychological Explanations

Locus of control describes the extent to which people believe they have control over the events that affects their lives. A student with a high internal locus of control tends to view his or her success or failure as an outcome ...

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