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Cheng, Rebecca Wing-yi; McInerney, Dennis M.; Mok, Magdalena Mo Ching – Educational Psychology, 2014
The big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE) posits that students with the same ability will have higher academic self-concepts when they are in low-ability classes than in high-ability classes. Our research puts the BFLPE under scrutiny by examining goal orientations as the moderators that may affect the size of the BFLPE. We collected data on…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Self Concept
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McInerney, Dennis M.; Cheng, Rebecca Wing-yi; Mok, Magdalena Mo Ching; Lam, Amy Kwok Hap – Journal of Advanced Academics, 2012
This study examined the prediction of academic self-concept (English and Mathematics) and learning strategies (deep and surface), and their direction of effect, on academic achievement (English and Mathematics) of 8,354 students from 16 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Two competing models were tested to ascertain the direction of effect: Model A…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries