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The topic of self-esteem in education has a long history. It remains relevant to the sociology of education because theories explaining educational outcomes frequently incorporate the concept of self-esteem in multiple ways. Because of sustained patterns of educational inequity based on major social categories, such as race and class, self-esteem is a constant factor in studies that seek to understand how and why these patterns continue. Given the demographics of students in the American education system are changing more rapidly than the teaching population, it is necessary for educators to develop a basic understanding of how self-esteem has functioned in students' academic lives.

Historical Context of Self-Esteem

Historically, self-esteem emerged as a topic of interest to social psychologists in the early 20th century. Although the concept was ...

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