ERIC Number: ED369520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Kindergartners' Self-Concepts and Perceptions of Peer Interactions.
Grymes, Joanna M.; Lawler-Prince, Dianne
A study examined kindergartners' self-concepts and their perceptions of interactions with peers. Subjects were 345 kindergarten children from one socioeconomically mixed district. Children were asked to identify whether or not they perceived themselves to be part of the group and whether or not they wanted to be part of the group. Responses were analyzed in relationship to the child's self-concept, as determined by the Woolner Preschool Self-Concept Picture Test. Results indicated that most of the subjects exhibited high self-concepts, and typically perceived themselves as accepted by the group. As expected, children with low self-concepts tended to perceive themselves as rejected by peers, whereas those with high self-concepts tended to perceive themselves as accepted. An unexpected finding, however, was that low self-concept children were more likely to desire to be rejected by peers. Results are consistent with previous research indicating that self-concept does affect children's descriptions and perceptions of their interactions with peers. (Contains 33 references.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).