ERIC Number: ED091625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Improve a Child's Self-Image.
Divney, Esther P.
This document reviews a doctoral dissertation on the self-concepts of Negro children for suggestions teachers can use in the classroom to improve the self-images of their own students. Many psychologists and educators view the attitudes and conceptions that the child has about himself as the central factor in his personality, and studies have shown a positive correlation between acceptance of self and acceptance of others. the doctoral project (1970) tested sixth grade students for self-acceptance and acceptance of others before and after a 16-week interaction with adult community models. Comparison of scores with a control group showed that the experimental group made significant gains in self-acceptance and acceptance of others. An implication drawn from the dissertation is that the teacher provides every child with an adult model for 180 days a year. The suggestion is made that teachers should invite to the classroom adult guests who are good, substantial, necessary citizens, for the purpose of broadening children's knowledge of the community, the world of work, and the adult world they are eager to enter. In growing more accepting of these adults, the children grow more accepting of themselves and thus improve their self-concepts. (Author/NM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Valley Board of Cooperative Services, La Junta, CO.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII