ERIC Number: ED345157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Improving Academic Achievement through Building Self-Esteem in At-Risk Limited English Proficient Ninth Grade Haitian Students.
Myrick, Gloria H.
A self-esteem building program was developed and implemented to reduce the failure and potential dropout rate of limited English proficient 9th-grade Haitian students (N=15) who were enrolled in bilingual classes and were selected based on recommendations from their bilingual teachers, referrals for behavior problems, and failure in two or more subjects. Self-esteem building exercises and counseling sessions were employed over a 10-week development period. Instruments for measuring self-esteem, the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Inventory and the Demos Dropout Scale, were used. Students met with a counselor/social worker for 50 minutes, 1 day each week for 10 weeks. The students were put into small groups of 2, 3, 4, and 10 students for the activities to provide an equal amount of time for each student. The activities explored the three general areas which were essential in gaining self-esteem development. Developmental areas included a sense of belonging; a sense of competence; and a sense of worthwhileness. The results indicated increased levels of achievement for the target group when comparing their pretest and posttest. It was concluded that building positive self-esteem improves academic achievement. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum Report, Nova University. Portions of appendixes contain smudged or broken type.