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ERIC Number: ED431332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
The Verbal Academic Self-Concept Structure of University Students in a Colonial Population.
Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Lau, Ivy Cheuk-yin
A study examined the verbal (Chinese and English) self-concepts of 274 university students in Hong Kong 3 months after the end of the colonial era. The students' self-concepts in Chinese, their native language (L1), and in English, a second language (L2), were measured by two domain-specific academic self-concept scales, and were found to be two distinct constructs. The data were then tested against an internal/external frame of reference model of self-concept development that has served as a possible explanation of self-concept formation in verbal and math domains but has not been tested in the bilingual education context where the medium of instruction is the L2. Structural equation models relating Chinese and English achievement to Chinese and English self-concepts partly replicated the model. The paths leading from prior achievement to subsequent self-concept in matching language domains were positive and significant, indicating a strong external comparison with other students in forming self-concepts. However, the paths leading from prior achievement to subsequent self-concept in non-matching domains were negative, indicating that higher prior English achievement had a significant negative impact on formation of L1 self-concept. Implications are discussed. Contains 20 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong