ERIC Number: EJ1028226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Native Language Self-Concept and Reading Self-Concept: Same or Different?
Arens, A. Katrin; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Hasselhorn, Marcus
Journal of Experimental Education, v82 n2 p229-252 2014
In assessing verbal academic self-concept with preadolescents, researchers have used scales for students' self-concepts in reading and in their native language interchangeably. The authors conducted 3 studies with German students to test whether reading and German (i.e., native language) self-concepts can be treated as the same or different constructs. Compared with other facets of academic self-concept, reading self-concept was more highly related to reading test scores (Study 1) and German self-concept to German grades (Study 2). In Study 3, reading and general school self-concepts demonstrated similar relations to German grades. The findings of the 3 studies, albeit indirect, supported the specificity matching principle and caution researchers against applying reading and native language self-concept scales uncritically to infer verbal self-concept.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Native Language, Reading, German, Reading Tests, Scores, Grades (Scholastic), Secondary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Correlation, Preadolescents, Grade 5, Grade 6, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany