An investigation of inferred and professed self-concept-as-learner of gifted and average middle school students

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Kenneth Leon Harper (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William W. Purkey

Abstract: This study investigated the inferred (teacher report) and professed (self report) self-concept-as-learner scores of 400 sixth, seventh and eighth grade gifted and average students in two middle schools in North Carolina. Data were collected from randomly selected classes of average and gifted students by using two forms of The Florida Key,(Purkey, Cage and Graves, 1973) an instrument designed to measure student self-concept-as-learner. Five hypotheses and twelve corollary hypotheses were tested. Results of the study indicated significantly and progressively lower combined scores for 7th and 8th grade students when compared with those of 6th grade students. The same results were found when inferred and professed scores were considered separately. The study showed significantly higher group scores at all three grade levels for academically gifted (AG) students when compared with average (AV) students. The results were the same when inferred and professed SCAL measures were combined and considered separately.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Self-perception $x Testing
Children's self-conceptions test

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