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Big-fish-little-pond effect on academic self-concept. A cross-cultural (26-country) test of the negative effects of academically selective schools.

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Academically selective schools are intended to affect academic self-concept positively, but theoretical and empirical research demonstrates that the effects are negative. The big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE), an application of social comparison theory to educational settings, posits that a student will have a lower academic self-concept in an academically selective school than in a nonselective school. This study, the largest cross-cultural study of the BFLPE ever undertaken, tested theore...

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10.1037/0003-066x.58.5.364

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Education
Journal:
The American psychologist
Volume:
58
Issue:
5
Pages:
364-376
Publication date:
2003-05-05
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EISSN:
1935-990X
ISSN:
0003-066X
URN:
uuid:b4b83b7a-75f9-4234-8dd6-5d6d7d8e4687
Source identifiers:
103170
Local pid:
pubs:103170

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