ERIC Number: ED358963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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The Self-Perception of Competence by Canadian and Chinese Children.
Kwok, David C.; Lai, Daniel W.
This study investigated cultural differences in self-perception of competence and mathematics achievement in Canadian and Chinese elementary school students. The Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) was administered to 125 fourth-grade Canadian children randomly selected from schools in an urban school district. The SPPC was translated into Chinese and administered to a comparative sample of 128 children from Chinese-speaking schools in Hong Kong. Children were also administered a mathematics achievement test constructed by a team of bilingual researchers from Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Results showed positive correlations between perceived scholastic competence and performance on the math achievement test for both Canadian and Hong Kong Chinese. Hong Kong Chinese children outperformed their Canadian peers on the math achievement test. An overwhelming similarity in factor pattern was found between the Canadian sample and a similar American sample in a previous study. Canadian children evaluated themselves much higher than Hong Kong Chinese children in scholastic competence, athletic competence, physical appearance, and global self-worth. No significant differences were found in the children's self-evaluation of social acceptance and behavioral conduct. The self-perception profile in English and Chinese is appended. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong