ERIC Number: ED255311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of Self-Concept, Attitudes toward School, and Vocational Aspirations in a Group of East Cleveland Minority Children.
Brody, Grace F.
An exploratory study was conducted to investigate the self-concept of 160 disadvantaged black fourth graders attending two elementary schools in East Cleveland, Ohio. Self-concept was studied in relation to children's levels of anxiety, their feelings about school and school subjects, their educational and vocational aspirations, teachers' evaluations of children's school behavior and achievement, and sex differences in all these variables. Beginning in 1979, the study provided for testing at the beginning and the end of the school year. In 1980, the original sample was enlarged with an additional 40 students. Testing in subsequent grades was done at the end of the school year. An all-white eighth grade class became available for comparision purposes toward the end of the study. The consistency of the self-concept scores over the years lent support to the theory that self-concept is a stable, central core of the personality. Statistical tables describe children's performance by sex and grade on the following instruments: the Piers-Harris Self Concept Scale; the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children; a questionnaire in which children indicated their liking for school on a four-point scale and listed three of their favorite school subjects; the Teachers' Rating Scale of Student Behavior; Coopersmith's Behavior Rating Form; measures of educational and vocational aspirations; sociometric measures; a questionnaire on ethical and moral issues; the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire for Adolecents; and a self-description form. (Not all instruments were used at each testing.) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio (East Cleveland)
Note: Paper presented at the Seminar of the Charles Rieley Armington Research Program on Values in Children (Cleveland, OH, April 18, 1984).