ERIC Number: ED215849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Self-Concept, School, and Social Setting: An In-Depth View of Rural Appalachian and Urban Non-Appalachian Sixth Graders.
Reck, Una Mae Lange
A follow-up study built on a 1980 study which compared the self-concept of 86 rural Appalachian sixth graders with 80 urban non-Appalacian sixth graders using the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale; then the rural Appalachian sample scored significantly lower in general self-concept and on four self-concept clusters. Where the original research compared the general self-concept score and scores on six self-concept clusters, the follow-up study six weeks later developed a more in-depth view of self-concepts of the same sample of sixth graders by using content analysis of open-ended statements derived from each cluster of the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. The significant results indicated that urban children looked forward to a future in the professions or in sports, exhibited greater concern with defining the self in terms of activities and hobbies, and were more concerned about extra-school activities and about an athletic definition of self. Rural children looked forward to a future in skilled labor occupations, defined the self more in terms of possessions and relationships, and expressed more school-related anxiety. Educators in Appalachia frequently fail to learn that such differences are not necessarily deficiencies and should be viewed in their cultural context. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; North Carolina; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).