ERIC Number: ED375370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Improving Student Self-Esteem through Changes in the Learning Environment.
Parents, teachers, and peers play significant roles in a child's development of self-esteem. This report describes a program for improving the self-esteem of fourth-grade students in a large, multi-ethnic suburb. The researcher documented the students' low self-esteem through teacher observations and by the administration of a student self-esteem fitness profile. Analysis of the probable cause data revealed that most students exhibited deficiencies in emotional security, were intolerant of errors, felt little satisfaction when speaking of feelings, feared for their safety, and lacked role models and significant others who conveyed to them appreciation for their uniqueness. Some solution strategies suggested by experts, combined with analysis of the problem setting, resulted in two major categories of intervention: (1) creation of a learning environment conducive to the enhancement of self-esteem; and (2) implementation of daily lessons on various components of self-esteem. Post-program measures revealed that the number of students feeling a lack of emotional security and belonging decreased, while students feeling a lack of competence and purpose remained the same. The data showed the benefits of providing a learning environment conducive to the enhancement of self-esteem. Seventeen appendices list log entries, survey results, and evaluation forms. Contains 67 references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Children, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Individual Development, Intermediate Grades, Role Models, School Responsibility, School Role, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's practicum, Saint Xavier University. Appendix F contains faint and broken print.