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ERIC Number: ED064640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 18
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The Relation of Sex Role Stereotypes to the Self-Concepts of Lower and Middle Class Elementary School Children.
Reed, Cheryl L.; And Others
The primary purpose of this study was to identify how boys and girls differ in reported self-concept in lower class inner city schools. In addition, how teachers perceive the "typical" boys' and girls' self-concept was investigated. The Piers-Harris self-concept scale was administered in group sessions to students in grades three through six from various inner city and middle class schools. Elementary and secondary teachers enrolled in graduate education courses were asked to mark the Piers-Harris items as "typical" elementary school boys (or girls) would mark it. In both samples (lower class and middle class) boys tended to view themselves as being less anxious than girls and girls reported they were better behaved than boys. Teachers' stereotypic self-concept scores did not differentiate boys and girls. However, teachers did identify some items which differentiated in the middle class sample. Teachers appeared to greatly underestimate the differences between boys and girls in both samples. In addition, although the lower class girls had significantly lower self-concept scores than boys, middle class girls and boys did not differ in reported self-concept. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 3-7, 1972, Chicago, Illinois