ERIC Number: ED069080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Achievement Unlimited: Enhancing Self-Concept through Improvement of Academic, Motor and Social Skills.
Florida Univ., Gainesville. Coll. of Education.
An experimental program improved students' self-concept and broke their failure cycle. Ss were 19 second through fifth grade students who were distractable and had various individual learning and/or behavior problems. For 1 year, they left their regular classrooms to spend 2 hours daily with a special education teacher. Individually designed educational programs were highly structured and emphasized both social and academic success, which students were not accustomed to achieving. Students were provided with success experiences in social, motor, academic, and perceptual areas. They charted their own successes and were rewarded for growth. Pre- and post-tests measured academic performance (math, spelling, reading, writing skills) and self concept. Additional data included personal behavior graphs, work samples, videotapes, and behavioral checklists. Ss made significant gains in all academic areas tested, and competencies in social interaction improved more than could be attributed to maturity alone. Self-portraits showed that all students felt they had improved both academically and in social interaction. Heterogeneous grouping of students demanded only one special teacher and was considered economically efficient. (KW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Problems, Demonstration Programs, Exceptional Child Research, Handicapped Children, Resource Teachers, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Success
P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, College of Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32601 ($1.08)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Coll. of Education.