ERIC Number: ED039034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of the Male Elementary Teacher on Children's Self-Concepts.
Sweely, H. D.
The purpose of this study was to determine if there were significant differences between self-concept scores of children who had female teachers and those who had male teachers in the fifth grade. Fifteen male and 15 female elementary school teachers' classrooms were randomly selected for observation. Subjects were those children who had never had a male teacher before fifth grade. Tests used were the Perkins Self-Concept Q-Sort Test and the SRA Junior Inventory. Analysis of the data collected indicated that (1) male teachers had no differential effect on children's self-concept when compared to female teachers, (2) interaction between the sex of the teacher and the sex of the students on students' self-concept scores was not significant, (3) female students' self-concept scores were significantly higher than those of male students, (4) interaction between individual teachers and children's self-concept scores was not significant, and (5) mean self-concept scores didn't vary from classroom to classroom. The claim of a need for more male teachers in the elementary classroom to enhance the male student's self-concept was not supported by the findings. The sex difference found between students' self-concepts has strong implications for innovators in elementary school curriculums and research. (MH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Shippensburg State Coll., PA.
Identifiers: Male Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 5, 1970