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ERIC Number: ED302332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Pre-First Grade: A Year To Grow. A Follow Up Study.
Rihl, Jordel V.; And Others
This follow-up study investigated the self-concept of students who had received an additional year of readiness experiences before entering first grade to see if their good self-concept in the first grade was sustained over a period of 6 years. Of 100 participants in an original study that found the self-concepts of first grade readiness subjects to be higher than those of retained subjects, 60 were available for follow-up. Of the 60, 34 had successfully passed all grades and were in sixth grade, and 26 had been retained and were in fifth grade. All were given the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. Findings indicated that fifth-grade students did not sustain their first-grade self-concept level. Although the results of the sixth-grade group were not statistically significant, their mean score was four points higher than that of the first-grade retained group. This could indicate that starting school in the developmental class had a positive effect on the development of the sixth graders' self-concept. A review of participants' fourth-grade scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills indicated that the mean score of the development group was higher than the mean score of the retained group, although the difference was not statistically significant. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A