Teachers from Hong Kong (N=437) responded to English, math, Cantonese, and Mandarin self-concept items. Confirmatory factor analysis found good support for the distinction of 4 domain-specific self-concepts. English self-concept had a low correlation with Mandarin self-concept (r = .09) and a negative correlation with Cantonese self-concept (r = -.19). Cantonese and Mandarin, which presumably pertain to a single Chinese language domain, were also negatively correlated (r = -.11). These very low correlations did not allow the 3 language constructs to form a single verbal factor. The results challenge the assumption of a single verbal self-concept construct for speakers of multiple languages. For trilinguals, the verbal self-concept constructs can be very distinct and unrelated to each other. Copyright © 2004 by the American Psychological Association.
CitationYeung, A. S., & Wong, E. K. P. (2004). Domain specificity of trilingual teachers' verbal self-concepts. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96(2), 360-368.
- Teacher Education
- Teacher Education and Professional Development
- Domain-specific self-concepts
- Verbal self-concept
- Actor analysis
- Language domain