The relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement in high ability students: Evidence from the Wollongong Youth Study.

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Page: 39-45

Publication Year:
2005
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http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1588
Author(s):
Vialle, Wilma; Heaven, Patrick C. L.; Ciarrochi, Joseph
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relationship; between; self; esteem; academic; achievement; high; ability; students; Evidence; from; Wollongong; Youth; Study; Arts and Humanities; Life Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement is one that is regarded by many educators as a well-established fact. This belief has been often invoked in order to argue against the provision of ability grouping for gifted students. Refuting that commonly-held belief, this research examined the relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement in 65 high-ability secondary students, a sample drawn from a longitudinal study of over 900 students. The research demonstrated that there were no differences in measured selfesteem between the gifted and non-gifted students. More contentiously, though, the research found no correlation between self-esteem and academic achievement for the gifted group.