ERIC Number: ED049868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Improving Migrant Students' Academic Achievement Through Self-Concept Enhancement.
Mangano, James F.; Towne, Richard C.
The purpose of this research was to investigate whether an attempt to modify migrant parents' behavior in accordance with social psychological principles results in better academic achievement by their children. Specific aspects investigated were (1) Can the images and expectations which migrant parents hold for their low-achieving children be positively modified? (2) Will systematically increased images and expectations as perceived by migrant children result in enhanced self-concepts of ability? and (3) Will enhanced self-concepts of ability result in significant increases in academic achievement? A sample of 21 children of Puerto Rican descent, 12 in the experimental group (aged 6 to 16) and 9 in the control group (aged 7 to 14), was utilized in a pre-post design. Data collected through the administration of the reading and arithmetic subtests of the "Metropolitan Achievement Test" and a Spanish translation of the "Michigan State General Self-Concept of Ability Scale" were analyzed by a l-tailed t-test for related measures. The results indicated that the self-concept of ability for the experimental group increased significantly and that academic achievement of the experimental group, as measured by the instruments described, increased significantly. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Migrant Education.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.