Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement: A Comparative Study of Adolescent Students in England and the United States
Utilizing mixed methodology, this paper investigates the relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement for young adolescents within two Western cultural contexts: the United States and England. Quantitative and qualitative data from 86 North American and 86 British adolescents were utilized to examine the links between self-esteem and academic achievement from the beginning to the end of their academic year during their 11th-12th year of age. For both samples, quantitative results demonstrated that fall self-esteem was related to multiple indicators of later year academic achievement. While country differences emerge by the end of the year, math appears to have a consistent relationship with self-esteem in both country contexts. Qualitative analyses found some support for British students' self-perceptions as more accurately reflecting their academic experience than the students from the United States.
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Zoller Booth, Margaret and Gerard, Jean Marie, "Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement: A Comparative Study of Adolescent Students in England and the United States" (2011). Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy Faculty Publications. 5.