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ERIC Number: EJ788659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
The Illusion of Scholastic Incompetence and Peer Acceptance in Primary School
Larouche, Marie-Noelle; Galand, Benoit; Bouffard, Therese
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v23 n1 p25-39 2008
This paper reports results from two studies aimed at examining whether perception of social acceptance and actual social acceptance differ according to the presence of an illusion of scholastic incompetence. Results of both studies conducted in Belgium and in Quebec (respectively 179 and 543 participants) show that children's illusion of scholastic incompetence is linked to a negative perception of social acceptance. However, according to the evaluation by peers, social acceptance of those children is similar to the others. This suggests a generalization of the negative bias of self-evaluation to both academic and social domains. The discussion proposes further variables that could improve the understanding of the origin of the illusion of incompetence. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Canada