ERIC Number: ED163561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Improving Self-Image of Students. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, Number 14. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, Number 41.
Mazzarella, Jo Ann
Research over the last ten years provides overwhelming evidence that the most successful students have strong positive self-concepts. This booklet reviews literature on self-concept and describes many programs designed to improve student self-esteem. The paper begins by noting that although no one understands the order of the cause and effect relationship, there is a strong correlation between self-concept and achievement. Then ways to improve self-concept are discussed, with a warning that techniques for measuring self-concept have problems. Methods for improving self-concept include classroom techniques, counseling and discussion groups, and teacher inservice programs. One chapter is devoted to programs for dropouts, delinquents, and the disadvantaged. A final chapter documents the effects of teacher attitudes and beliefs and suggests ways to improve teacher self-concept. The overall conclusion is that one reason for the success of self-concept improvement programs may be that positive teacher attitudes about student abilities have strong effects on student self-concept and student academic achievement. (JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Students, Delinquency, Delinquency Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Development, Literature Reviews, Potential Dropouts, Program Descriptions, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Students, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.