Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Psychology


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Supervisor

Associate Professor Sybe Jongeling


The study sets out to develop a behavioural checklist for the measurement of self-esteem in the classroom. The importance of self-esteem to learning and adjustment to life's situation is well recognised by educational practitioners and theorists. This study examined the concept of self-esteem and the need for an objective instrument to measure the concept in children aged 6 to 12 years. The development of the instrument was in four phases and in every phase the input and feedback of classroom teachers was considered crucial The resulting instrument therefore comprises descriptions which are entirely teacher-generated. At several points in the process other educational professionals such as school psychologists have given valuable feed-back and comment on the face validity of the checklist. Because the LAWSEQ (Lawrence Self-Esteem Questionnaire) is in present use in Western Australian schools, the scores of the Behavioural Checklist were compared with the LAWSEQ self-report to establish some measure of the concurrent internal validity of the instrument.