ERIC Number: EJ1171002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
On the Relationship between Self-Concept and Literacy Development in the Spanish Heritage Language Context
Beaudrie, Sara M.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v34 n2 p147-159 2018
Researchers have studied academic self-concept and its relationship to academic achievement extensively, but not in the Spanish heritage language context. Using measures of reading, writing, and spelling performance, I investigate the relation between self-concept and performance and whether self-concept can predict performance scores. I obtained measures of self-perceptions of abilities and attitudes from 281 students in 4 Spanish heritage language course levels. The results indicated that self-concept increased as course level increased. Self-perceptions related significantly to students' performance in all subcompetencies except reading and were predictors of performance scores. Cluster analysis showed that students with the highest level of self-concept also had the highest reading, writing, and spelling scores and the most positive attitudes. This study demonstrates that self-concept plays a significant role in student literacy performance. Thus, practitioners should focus on helping students improve self-perceptions for their impact on literacy development and their role in overcoming learning difficulties.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Spanish, Native Language, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement, Spelling, College Students, Achievement Tests, Student Attitudes, Multivariate Analysis, Literacy, Questionnaires, Native Language Instruction, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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