ERIC Number: ED431768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The Impact of Teachers' Praise on Students' Self-Talk and Self-Concepts.
Burnett, Paul C.
This study investigated the mediating effect of self-talk between positive and negative statements made by teachers and students' academic self-concepts (reading, mathematics, and learning). Participants were 269 students in grades 3-7 at a middle-class, metropolitan, Australian elementary school. A research assistant administered the following instruments: (1) the "Significant Others Statements Inventory" (which measured children's perceived frequency of positive and negative statements made by parents, teachers, siblings, and peers); (2) the "Self-Talk Inventory" (which examined positive and negative self-talk); and (3) the "Self-Concepts" scale (which examined reading and mathematics self-concept). Data analysis indicated that positive self-talk did mediate between the perceived frequency of teachers' praise and students' reading self-concept. Additionally, negative self-talk predicted math self-concept, but it was not related to teacher statements. Positive statements made by teachers were more influential than negative statements as indicated by direct paths from positive statements to positive self-talk and math and learning self-concepts and the fact that negative statements were not predictive of any of the self-talk or self-concept variables. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia