Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Klanderman, John


Second grade (Education); Self-esteem in children


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to examine the "I Like Me" Program and determine if the implementation and use of the "I Like Me" Program, in addition to the standard curriculum, in a second grade classroom will significantly increase the students' levels of self esteem as compared to students who are only exposed to the standard health and social studies curricula.

Two samples of students were pretested using the Piers-Harris Children's Self- Concept Scale. The "I Like Me" Program was implemented into one of the two classrooms (Sample B) over a 20 week period of time. The program consisted of problem solving activities, literature, writing activities, disciplinary techniques, communication styles, special visitors, and recognition awards. At the end of the 20 week period of time, the students were posttested using the same Piers Harris Children's Self Concept Scale.

Using t-tests for independent, between groups samples, it was found that the students in sample B achieved significantly higher scores on the posttest as compared to Sample A (t(50)=3.863, p<.01). It was concluded that the self esteem of second grade students can be significantly increased using the "I Like Me" Program.