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ERIC Number: EJ774684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Justified Self-Esteem
Kristjansson, Kristjan
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n2 p247-261 May 2007
This paper develops a thread of argument from previous contributions to this journal by Richard Smith and Ruth Cigman about the educational salience of self-esteem. It is argued--contra Smith and Cigman--that the social science conception of self-esteem does serve a useful educational function, most importantly in undermining the inflated self-help conception of self-esteem that has commonly been transposed to the educational arena. Recent findings about a lack of significant correlation between low global self-esteem and relevant educational variables help us to focus on the type of self-esteem that does matter in the classroom: justified domain-specific self-esteem, in which the chief domains in question are the school subjects and students' self-respect. Moreover, this paper suggests that low self-confidence--which is a real problem for many students--may often be mistaken for low self-esteem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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