ERIC Number: ED023455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Final Report on Head Start Evaluation and Research: 1967-68 to the Office of Economic Opportunity. Section I: Part B, Accuracy of Self-Perception among Culturally Deprived Preschools.
Pierce-Jones, John; Jones, Joanna
Seventy culturally deprived preschool children, primarily of Mexican-American ethnicity, were chosen to participate in this study of self-perception. One of the most important aspects of a child's personality development concerns the conceptions he has of himself. It is posited that two important influences upon these conceptions are (1) interpersonal relationships and (2) physical environment. To test these postulates, 39 of the subjects of this study were placed in an experimental class presided over by mothers with no teacher training and with a ratio of one adult to four children. The remaining preschoolers attended a regular Head Start class. It was hypothesized that all subjects would demonstrate greater sensitivity to their own selves at the conclusion of the 6-week summer program than they had at the beginning and that the children in the experimental class would show a more significant change in accuracy of self-perception than the others because of the low adult-child ratio. A Doll-Self Point task and a Draw-A-Person task were used as pretests and posttests. The results from these tasks supported the first part of the hypothesis and, with reservations, the second part. Although the experimental class group showed significantly greater increases in self-drawing scores, they also had higher pretest scores. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.
Identifiers: Doll Self Point Task; Machover Draw a Person Test; Project Head Start