Mechanisms mediating the relation between reading self-concept and reading comprehension

Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Educational Research 
Author(s): Locher, Franziska Maria; Becker, Sarah; Schiefer, Irene Manon; Pfost, Maximilian  
Title of the Journal: European journal of psychology of education
ISSN: 1878-5174, 0256-2928
Publisher Information: Dordrecht : Springer
Year of publication: 2021
Volume: 36
Issue: 1
Pages: 1-20
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1007/s10212-020-00463-8
Reading self-concept is an important predictor of reading comprehension and vice versa.
However, the mechanisms that are at work in this relation have yet to be identified. In line with the self-enhancement approach, we propose that in the reading domain, amount of reading, book choice (text difficulty and book length), and intrinsic reading motivation should function as mediating variables in the relation between reading self-concept and reading comprehension. We tested this hypothesis with longitudinal data gathered from N = 405 German students in Grades 7, 8, and 9. The results showed that reading selfconcept had a positive effect on reading comprehension, intrinsic motivation, book length, and amount of reading. However, indirect paths between reading self-concept and reading comprehension were found only for intrinsic motivation, not for amount of reading or book choice. The results are discussed in the context of students’ reading comprehension development, and consequences for research and education are derived.
GND Keywords: Deutschland; Schüler; Leseverstehen; Selbstbild
Keywords: Reading self-concept, Self-enhancement approach, Intrinsic motivation, Reading behavior, Reading comprehension development
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: GB 2970   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 20. July 2021
Project: Quer- und längsschnittliche Analysen zur Entwicklung des Leseverhaltens, lesebezogener Einstellungen und lesebezogener Kompetenzen