ERIC Number: ED389455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Getting To Know Third-Graders.
Newbill, Sharon L.; Clements, Andrea
Using 400 autobiographical accounts offered by third graders, this study examined children's inner lives. Subjects were a stratified (by gender and by ethnicity at each school) random sample from eight elementary schools in a large urban Midwestern school district. The autobiographical sample analyzed consisted of information from 144 African American students (86 female and 58 male), 46 Caucasian students (32 female and 14 male), and 11 Hispanic students (7 female and 4 male). Findings include the following: (1) children want to do well in school--girls especially associate a sense of accomplishment with academics; (2) Hispanic and Caucasian students associated more negative thoughts with school more so than did African American students; (3) self-esteem seemed not to be an issue since most students would not change themselves or their family and self-esteem is tied to academic, physical, and social competence; (4) when asked about how they might change the world, regardless of race, students hoped to decrease violence; (5) students expressed a need for their own personal space at home; (6) family concerns were greatest among Hispanic students; (7) students were most afraid of death; and (8) students regarded math and language arts as being most important to their future; and finally, (9) students' goals were fairly well-defined with sports being in the future for all except the girls who envisioned themselves in the arts. Contains 17 references. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Assocation Meetings (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).