ERIC Number: ED328364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Raising the Level of Self-Concept, Attitudes, and Academic Achievement of Black Male Students, Ages 8-12, through Art and Cultural Heritage Materials.
An experienced art teacher working with students in grades two through six implemented and evaluated a practicum intervention designed to improve the self-images of male black students, their academic accomplishments, and their feelings of pride in their school. Five actions were taken to attain the objective: (1) cultural materials produced by blacks were integrated into the art curriculum; (2) artwork of black students was displayed in the school and community; (3) seminars on parenting for black parents were developed and implemented with the assistance of the school counselor; (4) role models from various professions spoke of or demonstrated their talents; and (5) faculty were given research literature on black children's learning styles and black culture, family, and achievements. Evaluation data indicated that the intervention was mainly successful. Students increased their self-confidence and classroom competence. However, in some teachers' opinions there was less student improvement in academic effort and classroom behavior. Students improved in attitudes toward school, school subjects, and studying, and parents became more involved in their children's school. Measures used, and other related materials, are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Samples of children's writing may not copy well.