ERIC Number: ED292040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
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Self-Perceptions in the Transition to Seventh Grade.
Kowalski, Patricia S.; And Others
This study investigated the effect of students' entry into the seventh grade versus entry into a new school setting on their perceptions of self-worth, competences, and motivational orientation. Four groups of students were examined longitudinally as they made the transition to a new grade: (1) students who moved from fifth to sixth grade in the same school; (2) students who moved from fifth grade in an elementarty school to sixth grade in a middle school; (3) students who moved from sixth to seventh grade in a middle school; and (4) students who moved from sixth grade in an elementary school to seventh grade in a juinor high school. The effects of both grade change and school switch were observed on indices of perceived academic competence and motivation, but not on general self-worth. Seventh graders reported lower competence than did sixth graders regardless of whether they changed schools or not. Seventh graders at the junior high reported the lowest levels of motivation. Overall, changing to the seventh grade appeared to have a greater impact on self-perceptions than did switching schools. Students' reported preference for challenging work before the transition contributed significantly to predicting change in perceived competence after the transition. Curriculum changes occurring between the sixth and seventh grades may contribute to changes in student self-perceptions. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (1st, Madison, WI, March 21-23, 1986).