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ERIC Number: ED423771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Academic Self-Concept Structure of Higher Education Students.
Lau, Ivy Cheuk-yin; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Jin, Putai
The structure of academic self-concept of university students in Hong Kong (n=274) was examined using the English, math, school, and general self-concept scales of Marsh's Academic Self Description Questionnaire and an additional Chinese self-concept scale. Confirmatory factor analysis clearly defined the a priori factors, even when both verbal domains of English and Chinese self-concepts were included in the model. Results indicate the multidimensionality and domain specificity of academic self-concepts of students in higher education, a finding consistent with previous research with high school students. Using an even stronger construct validation approach by including English, math, and Chinese achievement scores in the models, there was further support for the multidimensionality of students' academic self-concept in that achievement scores were highly correlated with self-concepts in corresponding subjects but were either uncorrelated or correlated negatively with nonmatching subject domains. In the same model, the inclusion of Chinese (the native language of the students) and English (the major language of instruction) provided a particularly demanding test of domain specificity of academic self-concept. Findings suggest the need for considering this strong multidimensional nature in studies of higher education students' academic self-concept and other related constructs. (Contains 45 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong