ERIC Number: ED386317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Improving Black Students' Self Esteem, Self Confidence, and Pride through Parental Participation, Teacher and Student Education.
This practicum was designed to improve the self-esteem and self-confidence of black, largely lower-class sixth-graders at a middle school in a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood. Students were exposed to multicultural resources, including works of literature by and about African-Americans. A cultural awareness workshop for teachers was also held. Parent participation and involvement was encouraged through weekly telephone conversations and two parent-teacher conferences. Black role models from the local community were brought in to serve as guest speakers. Various classroom activities were undertaken to promote teamwork, cooperation, and cultural awareness among the black, white, Asian, and Hispanic students. A posttest survey of students and teachers found that 24 of the 25 black students in the experimental group said that they liked school, 20 of the 25 said that they felt comfortable in the school, and 17 reported feeling a sense of belonging. The five teachers involved all reported that the self-esteem and self-confidence of the black students had increased. Three appendices provide copies of the student and teacher surveys. (Contains 20 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.