ERIC Number: ED163411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Self-Image: An Important Concept for Study Skills Professionals.
Thompson, Mark E.
One of the most important assumptions of modern theories about self-image is that the maintenance and enhancement of the perceived self is the motive behind all behavior. Sense of self may be based on the views of others, it may be the result of interactions with others who provide meaning of self through their responses, it may come from considering intended conduct from the standpoint of those with whom one is situationally involved, or there may be several social selves (body self, cognitive self, and self-esteem) and the social "me" grows out of recognition received from others. It is clear that, whatever the source of self-image, early child rearing practices are important in its development. Research shows a significant relationship between self-image and academic achievement. Family background and concept of one's ability based on the image perceived to be held by significant others are important components of a self-image. Bright underachieving students often have poor self-images, while bright students with higher achievement levels have better self-images. Teachers in developmental classes need to help students develop positive self-images as they help them improve academic achievement. One will enhance the other. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (21st, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 20-21, 1978)