ERIC Number: ED023744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Competence and Elementary School Achievement: Case Studies in an Urban Ghetto. Research Report, Vol. 4, No. 7.
Hirsch, Jay G; Costello, Joan
This paper has presented some of the major conclusions arising out of a clinical study of a group of fifth grade achievers and underachievers from an urban lower class Negro public elementary school. The major factors which distinguished the group of achievers from the group of underachievers were those in the area of quality of interpersonal relationships, clarity of self-definition, and positive self-evaluation. The heterogeneity of this group of children, all of whom are often glibly referred to as 'disadvantaged', suggests the need for greater precision in the definition of various aspects of social disadvantage as they relate to the development of personality. Also consideration of these personality dimensions becomes important in War on Poverty programs, since the characteristics of our achieving group seem to be necessarily present in order for maximal benefit to be derived from enrichment programs. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Family Influence, Grade 5, Interpersonal Competence, Lower Class Students, Personality, Personality Assessment, Psychological Evaluation, Self Concept, Slum Schools, Standardized Tests, Underachievement, Urban Schools
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation's Fund for Research in Psychiatry.; Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Juvenile Research, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Illinois; Illinois (Chicago); Institute for Juvenile Research IL