Finding nemo

an overview of new currents in Big-fish-little-pond effect research

Marjorie Seaton, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Herbert W. Marsh, Rhonda G. Craven

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Abstract

Big-fish-little-pond effect (BFLPE) research has demonstrated that students in high-ability environments have lower academic selfconcepts than equally able students in average- and low-ability settings. The present paper provides an overview of three new studies that extend knowledge of the BFLPE in both theoretical and practical ways. In particular, these studies: (a) demonstrate the generalisability of the BFLPE across 41 culturally and economically diverse countries; (b) demonstrate the generalisability of the BFLPE across various individual student characteristics; and (c) investigate the relation between the BFLPE and social comparison processes. Implications for educational policy and for teaching high-ability students are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Association for Research in Education conference proceedings 2008
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference - Brisbane
Duration: 30 Nov 20084 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference
CityBrisbane
Period30/11/084/12/08

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