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M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Hespe, David


Self-perception in children--New Jersey--Testing; Special education--New Jersey


Elementary Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to compare the self-concept of classified and non-classified students. Twenty-four students, twelve classified and twelve non-classified, all from Gloucester County, were given the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The test consisted of ten statements related to overall feelings of self-worth or self-acceptance. The students were tested away from their peers and the test was administered by the researcher. Once the study had been carried out the scores were analyzed by the researcher. The non-classified group had an average score of 15.83 (a normal self-esteem is within the range of 15-25). The non-classified group had an average score of 23.42; a difference of 7.59 in relation to the classified group. The scores of the classified group were extremely close to the cut line of having a normal self-esteem whereas the non classified group's scores were almost above the cut line for above normal range. The results demonstrate that there is a significant difference between the self-esteem of classified and non classified students.