ERIC Number: ED297215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Building Self-Esteem: Implementation Project Summary.
Reasoner, Robert W.; Gilberts, Ragnar
A 3-year control study was conducted to determine whether the use of self-esteem program materials could have a significant impact on staff or student self-esteem and functioning within the school setting. The study used three experimental schools and three control schools. Teachers in the three experimental schools were provided orientation, training, and supervision in the use of materials from the Building Self-Esteem Program. Annual evaluations were conducted in February using measures of general and academic self-esteem together with measures of the learning environment. The results showed that significant improvements could be achieved in the general climate of the school, in the manner in which adults related to children, in the behaviors displayed by the students, in the quality of the interpersonal relationships among the staff, and in the level of student self-esteem. There was general agreement in all three experimental schools that there were more cooperation; less anti-social behavior; fewer students being referred for disciplinary action; less absenteeism; more students involved in school activities; more positive leadership; and more highly motivated students in the classroom. Teacher self-esteem proved to be a very important factor in the effort to build student self-esteem. Teachers in the experimental schools reported feeling more competent as teachers and gained more satisfaction through their teaching. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California State Conference on Self-Esteem (6th, San Jose, CA, February 26-28, 1988).