ERIC Number: ED076718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment of Ethnic Group Self-Concept.
To determine the status of ethnic groups' self-concepts in a desegregated integrated urban school, a pictorial semantic differential instrument which measures self-concept was given to a quota sample of intermediate classes (4-6 grades). One hundred and fifty-nine children were sampled representing black, Asian and white ethnic groups. Self-concept scores across groups, grades, and classroom environments were examined. No significant differences were found across ethnic groups or grades within the five concepts utilized on the instrument. All ethnic groups ranked the five concepts in the following order from high to low: me when I grow up; feelings about self; skin color; how children feel about me; school. A significant difference was found at the .05 level between open and standard classrooms on the concept "how children feel about me," open classrooms having a more positive mean value on this concept. It has been recommended to the school that programs be initiated to change the children's concept toward the school environment and that the concept "school" be utilized as a pre-test and post-test measurement for any school improvements undertaken. It was also suggested that the school further investigate the open classroom environment for its social effects upon children. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: San Francisco Unified School District, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, La., 1973