Do some of your pupils suffer from low or fragile self-esteem? Perhaps you want to help, but don’t know how? If so, this book is for you. Using insights from theory, research and classroom practice, it provides strategies and techniques that will enhance the confidence of primary school children through authentic learning experiences.

This book includes:Discussions on a range of issues surrounding self-esteem enhancement in school'Studies of recent work in this area;Links between self-esteem and the development of competence (fitting in with the Raising Attainment agenda);Research evidence from real primary classrooms;A clear articulation of strategies and techniques to use in classrooms; andA summary and analysis of the key theoretical and empirical work in the area.

The book’s clear practical focus will be of interest to all teachers and managers keen to enhance self-esteem in their schools. It will prove equally useful for teachers in training and more experienced teachers undertaking further study. This book will empower you to develop your practice with a clear sense of direction – and with increased confidence.

An Overview of Self-Esteem Theory

An overview of self-esteem theory

Key Ideas in This Chapter

This chapter provides an overview of self-esteem theory and the research evidence which underpins it. The field is rich in terms of ideas, but this very richness can provide difficulties because of the wide range of perspectives adopted and the variation in terminology employed. You will learn about:

  • some key ideas which have influenced how we talk about and investigate self-perceptions
  • some issues surrounding the definition of terms
  • the main research paradigms in this area – that is, the main ways in which self-esteem has been investigated, and the beliefs that underpin these approaches
  • four key processes believed to influence our self-esteem.

Introduction

A concern with how people value themselves is hardly new. References to what we now ...

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