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ERIC Number: EJ1133937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2326-3873
The Relationships among Heritage Language Proficiency, Ethnic Identity, and Self-Esteem
Yu, Shu-Chun
FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, v2 n2 Article 5 p57-71 2015
With the trend toward globalization and the continual change of the ethnic composition of the U.S. population, there is increasing awareness in the U.S. that not every child is raised in an English-only family. The purpose of this research is to explore the relationships among heritage language proficiency, ethnic identity, and self-esteem in the American-born Chinese (ABC) children who go to Chinese language schools for Chinese language learning on weekends. A total of 63 students and their 56 parents are surveyed in the quantitative study. Results show that there are positive relationships between Chinese heritage language proficiency and ethnic identity (r = 0.316, p = 0.006), language proficiency and self-esteem (r = 0.255, p = 0.022), and ethnic identity and self-esteem (r = 0.240, p = 0.029). The study provides implications for the Chinese language schools, parents, educators, and policymakers, as well as the implications for future study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale
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