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ERIC Number: EJ1053544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Children's Self-Concept: Parental School Engagement and Student-Teacher Relationships in Rural and Urban Australia
Gavidia-Payne, Susana; Denny, Bianca; Davis, Kate; Francis, Andrew; Jackson, Mervyn
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v18 n1 p121-136 Mar 2015
Self-concept is one important yet understudied construct, often associated with healthy children's well-being, and particularly crucial for those raised in rural disadvantaged communities. Also, commonly acknowledged is that adults, including parents and teachers, play an important role in fostering self-concept. The overall aim of the current study was to explore self-concept differences between rural and urban children in the state of Victoria, Australia, and to investigate relationships between student-teacher relationships, parental school engagement and self-concept in both groups. The sample comprised 219 triads of children (aged between 7-14 years), parents and teachers, representing rural (n = 33) and urban (n = 186) areas. Children, parents, and teachers completed measures related to self-concept, parental engagement with school, and quality of student-teacher interactions, respectively. No significant differences were detected between the self-concept levels of rural and urban children. However, associations between the student-teacher relationship, parental engagement, and self-concept differed between demographic groups. The unique self-concept experiences of children from rural and urban areas in Australia have important intervention and research implications. The role of the student-teacher relationship in the development of self-concept in children from rural locations should be considered in addition to parenting and home factors typically associated with fostering self-concept.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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