High School Students’ Perceptions: Self-esteem and Entrance Examinations

By Yu-wei Chu.

Published by The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation

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In a sample of 372 tenth and eleventh grade students in Taiwan, measures were collected to find that school track levels had significant effects on the total positive and negative global self-esteem scores for adolescents in Taiwan. The result implied that the big-fish-little-pond-effects (BFLPE) (quoted in Suls 2003) made the high track students less confident in themselves when they were compared with other students with high academic achievement or at the same school status. Twenty interviews were conducted with volunteers from the samples to investigate the impact of the entrance examination associated with adolescents’ self-esteem. The results collected students’ viewpoints towards high school entrance examination in Taiwan. The development of parents’ and teachers’ educational programs in assisting adolescents to identify self and promote an enhanced self-esteem is suggested.

Keywords: Entrance Examination, School Tracks, Self-esteem

International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.61-75. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 262.045KB).

Asst. Prof. Yu-wei Chu

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Hungkuang University, Sha Lu, Taiwan

I have been an assistant professor in Hungkuang University in Taiwan for six years. My major is education psychology. Teaching is an interesting work to me. I feel happy and enjoyable to be with students from various cities in Taiwan and found different effects from their families reflected in their learning. My research interests are in studying adolescent’s self-esteem/concept and demotivation in learning English. Several papers related to these topics are published.