ERIC Number: ED296461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Psychological Needs, School Attitudes, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Values
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
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, Eugene.