Overconfidence Impairs Reading Skills


It would seem axiomatic that “those who can accurately gauge their strengths and weaknesses are usually in a better position to identify realistic goals and achieve them.” The notion is at least as old as Socrates’ dictum “Know thyself.” But we appear always to be condemned to learn such lessons over and over again.

Now research conducted at the University of Buffalo strongly indicates that there is a “clear connection between overconfident students and low reading comprehension.”

The study of nearly 160,000 teenage students in 34 countries (including 4,000 students in the US) led to the conclusion that too much self-esteem can be deleterious to reading skills, or, as the report in Science Daily summarized it “Overconfidence Among Teenage Students Can Stunt Crucial Reading Skills”.

Published in: on July 30, 2009 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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