The Big Fish Strikes again but in a Different Place: Social Comparison Theory and Children with Special Needs

By Roselyn May Dixon, Marjorie Seaton and Robert John Dixon.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper will address the implications of Big-Fish Little Pond Effect (BFLPE) and social comparison theory and school placement of students with special needs. It made use of the PISA data base to determine if type of educational placement had an impact on the academic self-concept with children with special needs. Multiple regression techniques were used to delineate the relationships.

Keywords: Social Comparison Theory, Self-Concept, Children with Special Needs

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 12, pp.151-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 696.394KB).

Dr. Roselyn May Dixon

Lecturer in Special Education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Dr. Rose Dixon is a special education lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has published in the areas of social competence and people with disabilities. She is also involved with Early childhood intervention for children with special needs. She is part of a large research team that is examining culturally relevant education programs in rural and remote Indigenous communities. Another research interest is the application of Social Comparison Theory and Social Cultural Theeory to children with special needs. Dr. Dixon is the Undergraduate supervisor of Special education and the Deputy Director of the Early Childhood program.

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