ERIC Number: ED262070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale: Is It Really Suitable for Use with Children at the Third Grade Level?
Mann, Gloria T.
This study investigated the merit of using the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale (P-HCSCS) for the purpose for which it was designed. The study originally planned to obtain information on the relationship of self-concept to reading achievement. Initial findings demonstrated an inconsistency in attitude in 59 of the 64 participating third graders by their contradictory responses to certain P-HCSCS items which the investigator considered to be interrelated. Eighteen of the original 64 participants were tested further by meeting individually with the examiner for four thirty minute sessions. P-HCSCS statements were read aloud and the testee was asked to explain the meaning of each statement. Based on Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills results, student abilities ranged from superior to below average, but all were reading at grade level or better. Findings indicated that 43 of the 80 P-HCSCS statements were misinterpreted as evidenced by the students' oral reponses. Based on all the findings the investigator questioned the advisability of using the P-HCSCS with children reading at the third grade level. Appended tables contain the P-HCSCS statements and responses which demonstrated inconsistencies in the initial study and student oral responses interpreting P-HCSCS statements considered incorrect by the examiner. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Rutherford, NJ.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale