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.

Towards a Consensus: A Two-Dimensional Model of Self-Esteem

Towards a consensus: A two-dimensional model of self-esteem

Key Ideas in This Chapter

We saw in the previous chapter that there are many important insights to be gained from the extensive literature on self-esteem. Indeed, some beliefs which were introduced over 100 years ago are still relevant today. But we also saw that there are differences in the way self-esteem is conceptualised, the terminology employed and the key messages emerging from different ways of investigating experiences. So, in essence, we have a body of literature which is rich in ideas and diverse in its approaches – but which is not necessarily easy to summarise in a straightforward way to guide the practice of teachers. This chapter aims to address ...

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