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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Middle School Education, Junior High School, Education, Eight Grade, Affective Education, Self-esteem, Science Education, Science Course Improvement Project.


Low performance in a basic eighth-grade earth science class was addressed by a one-class-period per week self-esteem unit presented by the writer and daily positive self-concept reinforcement methods implemented by the regular classroom teacher. Students were presented concepts of self-esteem such as "self-talk,” “irrational beliefs,” “setting and attaining goals,” and “positive relationships” and participated in discussions concerning their feelings about themselves, school, families, and others. There was a standardized measure of self-esteem pretest and posttest, and student performance was measured via comparison of their earth science grade average between the first and the tenth week. Students improved in both grade point average and in the measure of self-esteem. Appendices include background information on the students and the school, sample assignments, and a display of the results.

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