Feeling Good About Yourself

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:
Feeling Good About Yourself

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The expressive self of educational psychology is considered in greater detail in this chapter through a historical and critical examination of self-esteem. This chapter focuses on self-esteem research and measurement and the psychological interventions of educational psychologists. Relevant historical consideration suggests that self-esteem as an educational aim has a fairly recent history marked by a gradual erosion of social, political, and moral considerations in those educational theories and programs of inquiry that support it. Theoretical concerns associated with this erosion center around the social, political, and moral consequences of elevating self-esteem over engagement with—and understanding of—the wide array of disciplinary, interpersonal, and sociocultural perspectives essential for productive citizenship and personal development.

Keywords: self-esteem; psychological intervention; educational aim; personal development; moral considerations; expressive self; citizenship

Chapter.  12048 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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