ERIC Number: ED461071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Values as a Mediator of Contextual Sources of School Self-Esteem.
Brooks, Megan M.; Burns, Michaeleen R.; Murdock, Tamera B.
Recent studies have shown that school self-esteem is one of the greatest contributors to overall self-esteem among adolescents in grades 7-12. Research suggests that middle schools play a significant role in the development and socialization of early adolescents. The first purpose of this study was to examine the relations between school self-esteem, intrinsic valuing of education, and students' academic achievement as measured by GPA. During adolescence, parents, teachers, and peers are widely recognized as the primary groups that impact these school-related values and behaviors. Adolescents often internalize the values that are communicated both directly and indirectly by significant others. However, few studies have explored the relations between these contextual influences and students' values related to education. A second aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between values communicated by parents, teachers, and peers and students' own intrinsic value of education. Results of this study indicate that intrinsic value of education mediates the relationship between parental expectations, teacher respect, peer academic support and school self-esteem for middle school students. Further, the internalization of these values directly influences a student's overall feelings of worth in regards to school. (Contains 11 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (108th, Washington, DC, August 4-8, 2000).