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ERIC Number: ED296461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Students' Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement.
Holly, William J.
Research Roundup, v4 n1 Nov 1987
Children with high self-esteem tend to do better in school. Studies indicate, however, that self-esteem is not a cause of academic success, but an effect. In this review of five recent research studies on the subject of self-esteem, one example of a successful program aimed at raising students' self-esteem is offered by Scarborough school system in Ontario, Canada. In two other studies, coming from different perspectives, Martin Covington and Jerry Conrath independently conclude that the best way for a child to sustain confidence is to acquire and demonstrate competence. In a comprehensive review of self-esteem enhancement programs, Mary Ann Scheirer and Robert Kraut reinforce this conclusion. The fifth entry raises questions of value and motivation that are often ignored, suggesting that self-esteem is necessary, but not sufficient, for achievement, and that students need to see the value of education for themselves. (Author/TE)
Publications, National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA ($2.00 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, Eugene.