`It is a useful and practical resource which, even if not used for the purposes of staff development, contains helpful insights into something we often talk about but rarely stop to examine' - Adult Learners Self-esteem is a major factor in learning outcomes, with research consistently showing a positive relationship between how a person values themselves and their level of academic attainment. This book shows tutors how to build self-esteem in adult learners, especially those engaged on courses to improve literacy skills. The author presents a structured programme designed to raise self-esteem and also presents a theoretical basis for the development of self-esteem. Practical activities and

Developing the Skills

Developing the skills

In this chapter tutors are shown how to develop the specific communication skills considered by the research to be essential for enhancing self-esteem in students – acceptance, genuineness and empathy. The development of these skills in tutors will not only help their students towards higher self-esteem but should also assist in the raising of their own.

During the initial stages, the tutor-student relationship is generally a formal one. As the course continues the relationship tends to becomes less formal and, with the development of their communication skills, tutors should begin to feel freer to relate to their students on a more personal level. The significance of the personal relationship is emphasised here as it is the quality of this relationship that ...

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