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ERIC Number: ED048954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-3
Pages: 9
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Self-Concepts, Values, and Needs of Mexican-American Underachievers or (Must the Mexican-American Child Adopt a Self-Concept That Fits the American School?).
Hepner, Ethel M.
The document reports on a study conducted to investigate value-clusters of Mexican American and Anglo American boys as related to self-concept and to achievement since it is the author's belief that typical elementary education does not meet the needs of Mexican American children. As noted, profitable remedies for the dilemma of underachievement are not yet available because educators do not understand the underlying causes of this or may not be willing to admit the failure of the schools. Specifically, the study investigated differences and/or similarities in the value-clusters of 3 groups of boys (50 in each group) of similar ages, intelligence, and socioeconomic status, differing only in reading achievement and/or in ethnicity. Among the conclusions drawn from the study were that (1) significant differences in self-concepts, values, and role conceptions exist between Mexican American and Anglo American boys; (2) underachieving Mexican American boys do not perceive themselves as more negative than their better-achieving peers; and (3) Mexican American boys do not have lower occupational aspirations than Anglo American boys. Of equal importance are the implications for development of more realistic and appropriate educational and cultural school programs. (EJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association National Convention, Miami, Florida, September 3, 1970