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Educational Psychology’s Role in the Education of Selves

Jack Martin and Ann-Marie McLellan

in The Education of Selves

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199913671
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913671.003.0003
Educational Psychology’s Role in the Education of Selves

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This chapter presents a critical historical analysis of self-related work in educational psychology. Three underlying conceptions of the self are considered: (1) the expressive self (self-esteem and self-concept), (2) the managerial self (self-regulation and self-efficacy), and (3) the communal self. The sociocultural context (in Western societies and schools) within which these conceptions of selfhood have flourished is considered. Three dimensions for interpreting the sociocultural and school contexts within which self studies in educational psychology have been positioned are presented: (1) a psychological dimension of self-control versus self-fulfillment, (2) a social political dimension of individual freedom versus civic responsibility, and (3) an educational dimension of personal development versus institutional socialization. The need for more communal conceptions of selfhood in self-related studies in educational psychology is discussed.

Keywords: critical historical analysis; expressive self; managerial self; communal self; sociocultural; school; self studies; freedom; educational psychology

Chapter.  9077 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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