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ERIC Number: ED039186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 7
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The Effect of the Male Elementary Teacher on Children's Self-Concepts.
Sweely, H. D.
In order to test the often postulated theory that male elementary school students have lower self-concepts than female students because of the lack of male elementary school teachers, a group of 12-year-old students of varying socio-economic, intelligence, and achievement backgrounds was divided in half, with one half spending one school year with male teachers and the other half with female teachers. Statistical analysis of data from two self-concept tests administered at the end of the year indicated that male teachers had no differential effect on children's self-concept scores when compared to female teachers and that there was no significant interaction between sex of the teacher and the sex of the students on children's self-concept scores. Related findings indicated that: the female students had a significantly better self-concept than male students; there was no significant interaction effect between individual teachers and self-concept scores of children; and the mean self-concept scores did not differ significantly between classrooms. The lack of a significant relationship between male teachers and male students' self-concepts could be due to the short time spent with a male teacher as compared with five previous years with female teachers. The generally lower self-concept scores for boys and their possibly lower level of aspiration indicate a need for teachers to devise individualized curricula more appropriate for boys. (RT)
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Note: Paper presented at 1970 AERA annual meeting, Minneapolis, 1970