ERIC Number: ED338945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Designing and Executing Instructional Strategies for Improving the Self-Esteem of Secondary At-Risk Students.
Improving at-risk students' low self-esteem, changing the negative feeling that at-risk students have about themselves, and helping at-risk students to become empowered to do something about their poor achievement in school were the major undertaking of this project. A formalized self-esteem assessment tool, the Coopersmith Self Esteem Inventory, was used to determine students' (N=15) self-esteem ratings. Students were assigned computer-assisted instruction, students' attendance was monitored and students participated in critical thinking skills activities. Instructional strategies designed to improve students' self-esteem were executed throughout the project period. Students participated in academic activities in a variety of settings and shared in the responsibility for planning and documenting the progress of all their learning activities. Eighty-six percent of the targeted students made gains of 10 or more points in their self-esteem rating. Seventy-six percent of the students made a 3-month grade level gain in language skills through use of computer-assisted information. All of the students demonstrated the use of evaluative and decision-making skills in determining if teacher behavior had an impact on their success in the classroom. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova University.