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ERIC Number: ED340808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Diffusing the Rumors of Inferiority: Creating a Climate of Excellence for Inner-City, College Bound Students.
Welch, Olga M.; And Others
In order to examine the relationship between the development of academic self-esteem and a climate of excellence in the classroom this study compared the experiences of a group of high school students in their two inner-city Knoxville (Tennessee) high schools with their corresponding experiences in a University of Tennessee (Knoxville) sponsored enrichment program, EXCEL. Project EXCEL seeks to provide enrichment for college-bound high school students, emphasizing academic excellence and the internal motivation needed to attain it. Data collection included classroom observations over a 3-year period, in-depth interviews with students and EXCEL teachers, documents related to student performance, and curriculum guides. Thirteen students and four teachers participated in the study. Qualitative analysis of these data indicate the following: (1) academic learning is influenced by the amount of time that students spend engaged in appropriate academic tasks; (2) students' on-task behavior is significantly influenced by teacher-directed learning that is structured, includes corrective feedback, and monitors progress; and (3) development of academic self-esteem was generated through a congruence between teacher philosophy and practice. Further, teacher directed and guided activities can facilitate the construction of personal definitions of scholarship indicating that student development of academic self-esteem may be generated through a combination of factors. Included are 28 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A