ERIC Number: ED409512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Raising Self-Esteem of Learners. Fastback Series, No. 389.
Van Ness, Ross
Healthy self-esteem is the yeast in the recipe of learning. Studies into the intellectual-emotional connections in the human brain show that the affective domain is the gateway to the cognitive domain and so effective ways to raise self-esteem, which are covered in this booklet, are an important component of education. The first part of the text explores the nature of self-esteem, asking what it is, how it is formed, what are its sources, and how self-esteem functions. Self-esteem is presented as the reputation we have with ourselves and it serves as both a barometer of confidence and as a rudder for navigating the waters of learning. Ways to connect the self and learning are explored in the next section, which also covers the difference between self-esteem and egotism, some causes of low self-esteem, and ways to protect, maintain, and enhance learners' self-esteem. A model, which offers strategies for increasing self-esteem, is offered along with suggestions for helping learners cope with damaged self-esteem, such as the importance of minimizing negatives. Ways to bolster self-esteem in the adult learner are also reviewed. (RJM)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, College Students, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Learning Motivation, Learning Readiness, Learning Strategies, Program Descriptions, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Self Esteem
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.