Christina Quaine

The importance of children’s academic self-perception


Christina Quaine considers the point at which children develop a sense of their own academic abilities – and how that should influence the way we teach pupils at critical ages

The importance of children’s academic self-perception

Eight is an important age when it comes to academic self-perception. It was in his eighth year that Wayne said the following to Eleanore Hargreaves, professor of education at the UCL Institute of Education, during her research into feedback…

“In Year 3, I was kept out of assemblies to practise handwriting skills. That was when I first began to feel less than other people. It made me feel less of a person and it did make it difficult. I found it, and still find it, extremely difficult to write. All my English lessons have not done anything for me. Being labelled as [low ability] and being ...

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