ERIC Number: ED221633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
The Self-Concept of Bilingual Asian-American Children. Professional Paper.
Existing research knowledge concerning the self-concept of Asian American children, particularly in relation to bilingual education, is explored in this paper. The significance of the literature review is considered to rest on the assumption that Asian Americans' physical characteristics, language, and cultural orientation make their self-concept highly vulnerable to the potentially adverse effects of the English-dominant school. The literature review, however, is said to reveal a paucity of relevant research on these children's self-concept. Due to the scarcity of empirical data, no generalizations are made in the report about self-concept among the different Asian American populations, either separately or as one group. However, observations included about the available data point out problems in definition, measurement, and interpretation, especially concerning the nondifferentiation of different groups of Asian Americans; nonstandardization and nonequivalency of translations in self-concept test instruments; demand characteristics of the testing situation (such as linguistic ability); and construct validity of tests. The importance of further research inquiry along these lines is emphasized, and recommendations for future research on self-concept among bilingual Asian American children are presented. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: Prepared under cooperative agreement 00-CA-80-0001.