Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall


Fifth grade (Education); Fourth grade (Education); Self-esteem in children


Elementary Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study is to find two relationships. The first relationship is between academic achievement and self-esteem and the second relationship is between self-esteem and popularity among fourth and fifth grade students.

The population used for the purpose of this study was a multiage classroom consisting of both fourth and fifth grades. The classroom was located in southern New Jersey. The population consisted of both male and female students. The students were given a questionnaire to measure personality and the Nonsexist Personal Attribute Inventory for Children which measured self-esteem. Academic achievement was measured by averaging grades, from mathematics, social studies, science, and literacy, from the first three marking periods of the school year. T-tests were used to find relationships between academic achievement, self-esteem, and popularity.

Results of the t-tests showed that there was a relationship between self-esteem and popularity. High self-esteem in students showed that they were popular among their peers socially, academically, and athletically. A t-test comparing academic achievement and self-esteem concluded that there was no relationship between the two areas.