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ERIC Number: ED313575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 26
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Self-Esteem: Exploring Its Dimensions and Its Life-Span Implications.
Gray, Dianne Elaine
In the field of adult education, self-esteem is a concept worthy of exploration, for it is a crucial component of much that happens in the educational setting. However, although many studies have explored self-esteem in children, little has been written about adult self-esteem. Self-esteem has been defined as a component of self and has many dimensions. It is extremely significant and penetrates into all areas of one's life. It is maintained in part by the continuities in one's life and is capable of change through the "discontinuities" inherent in the life span. All of these aspects of self-esteem are relevant for adults who wish to grow and for adult educators. Adult educators especially must be aware that (1) an appreciation of the importance and the dynamic qualities of self esteem is necessary; (2) there are many dimensions of self-esteem and numerous ways that people defend it; (3) responsibility for enhancing the self-esteem of our children, ourselves, and others needs to be claimed and appreciated as an opportunity; and (4) those involved in adult education have the specific challenge of determining how self-esteem relates to their work--the very assumptions upon which andragogy is based are related to self-esteem. (19 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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