Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Professor Robert C. O'Reilly


The purpose for conducting this study was to examine the relationship between gender, ethnicity, grade level, lunch status, and self-concept. This study was designed to Investigate the self-concept of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in selected elementary schools within the Omaha (NE) Public School District. Self-concept of students was Indicated through the responses given to the 80 Items on the Plers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale. Grade level, ethnicity, gender, and lunch status were collected from the same student respondents who provided answers to the Plers-Harris. The sample popluation Included 562 students in eight elementary schools with counselors. Analysis of variance in the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was used to determine if significant differences existed between the dependent variable of self-concept score and the Independent variables of gender, ethnicity, grade level, and lunch status respectively. In this study, there was no statistically significant relationship between gender and self-concept, ethnicity and self-concept, grade level and self-concept, and lunch status and self-concept.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College in the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 1993 Katherine Jo Solomon.

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