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ERIC Number: ED326564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 17
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An Evaluation of Some Self-Concept Scales for Young Children.
Burns, John L.; Christenberry, Nola J.
Three measures of self-concept or self-esteem and one measure of social competency development, designed for young children, are assessed. The instruments assessed include: (1) the Martinek-Zaichkowski Self-Control Scale for Children (MZSCSC); (2) the Behavioral Academic Self-Esteem Scale (BASE); (3) the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale (PHCSC); and (4) the Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Social Competency (KIDSc). Salient aspects of the 25-item MZSCSC, which was normed for children in grades 1 through 8, include adaptability to children without verbal skills, minimal discrimination among children with adequate self-concepts, assessment of effects of teaching styles, and minimal testing of psychometric properties. Salient aspects of the BASE, which was normed for children in kindergarten through grade 8 and for 4-year-old preschoolers, include a strong factor structure, a range of applications, and substantial data on psychometric properties. Salient aspects of the PHCSCS, which is a self-report measure for children and adolescents, include: a strong factor structure; substantial data on psychometric properties; applicability to screening, clinical, and educational purposes for individuals; and program and intervention evaluation. The KIDSc may provide a measure of self-concept accepting assumptions similar to the PHCSCS, but it is limited to events related to kindergarten. The primary value of the KIDSc as an indicator of self-concept would be for a narrow age range and in a narrow focus (academic/school related rather than global). A 36-item list of references and a 15-item bibliography of other self-concept measures are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Behavioral Academic Self Esteem Scale; Kindergarten Inven Developing Social Competency; Martinek Zaichkowski Self Concept Scale Children; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (19th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).