Affective assessment, self-concept, and the verbal learning styles of fifth-grade children

Gerald J. August, Joseph F. Rychlak, Donald W. Felker

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To investigate the relationship between a child's self-concept (Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale) and learning of affectively assessed verbal material, 134 5th-grade children (72 female and 62 male) learned paired associate nouns which they had prerated for likability. As predicted, both high self-concept girls and boys learned more effectively those nouns which they had assessed as "liked." This effect was less for the middle self-concept girls. Low self-concept girls and middle and low self-concept boys appeared to learn their "disliked" nouns faster. The only effect of an external reinforcement procedure was a decrement in total performance. Results suggest that learning along an affective dimension of meaningfulness can be influenced by personality-related variables such as self-concept. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-806
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1975


  • self concept & affective assessment of nouns, learning of "liked" paired associates, 5th graders


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