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Journal Article

Self-Concept of Ability and School Achievement

Wilbur B. Brookover, Shailer Thomas and Ann Paterson
Sociology of Education
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Spring, 1964), pp. 271-278
DOI: 10.2307/2111958
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111958
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Three hypotheses concerning self-concept were tested using a sample of 1,050 seventh grade students and a selected subsample of 110 over- and under-achieving students. A significant positive relationship was found between self-concept of ability and grade point average; this relationship persisted even when measured intelligence was controlled. Specific self-concepts of ability related to specific areas of academic achievement were found; in some areas these were better predictors of achievement in the subject than general self-concept of ability. Self-concept was significantly and positively related to the perceived evaluation of significant others. A direction for further research is indicated.

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