Urban Aboriginal-Australian and Anglo-Australian children

In-group preference, self-concept, and teachers' academic evaluations

Anne Pedersen, Iain Walker

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The in-group preference and self-concepts of urban Aboriginal-Australian and Anglo-Australian children have never been compared, nor their relationships to teachers' evaluations of academic performance. In this study, 60 Aboriginal (primarily local Nyoongah) and 60 Anglo children aged 6-12 years were tested on in-group preference; children aged 8+ were tested on self-concept. Also, their teachers evaluated them on their general academic performance. Results indicated that Anglo children showed greater in-group preference and scored higher on teacher evaluations than Aboriginal children, although there was no difference on self-concept. No correlation existed between in-group preference and self-concept. It was concluded that the problems faced by Aboriginal children are only likely to be alleviated by a great deal of structural change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-197
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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