ERIC Number: ED332130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-23
Developing Self-Esteem and Internal Motivation in At-Risk Youth.
Dembrowsky, Constance H.
Educators are meant to chip away the defensive facades so many at-risk student build around themselves so that the achiever inside can be released. Teachers, counselors, and administrators can help at-risk students claim self-esteem; move away from external to internal source of motivation; and take responsibility for their own lives by employing five techniques: (1) developing the kind of positive educator/student relationship that enables students to make commitment to their own growth; (2) focusing on methods for "stretching" a strength rather than remediating a weakness; (3) replacing negative expectations of students with positive ones; (4) learning to facilitate, rather than tell or direct, changes in behavior, which is the key to empowering students to take responsibility for their own lives; and (5) introducing students to positive role models. Role models can be extremely powerful influences. Most successful adults have role models who have influenced their lives, and these role models were most often identified early in the teenage years. Another meaningful category of role models can be found among peers. Peers who have succeeded in overcoming failure, abuse, or difficult personal circumstances can be useful role models for at-risk students. (Author/BHK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Self-Esteem (2nd, Orlando, FL, March 23-25, 1990).