Challenging the Cult of Self-Esteem in Education: Education, Psychology, and the Subaltern Self

1st Edition

Kenzo E. Bergeron

Routledge
Published August 16, 2017
Reference - 126 Pages
ISBN 9781138700888 - CAT# Y323525
Series: Routledge Research in Educational Psychology

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Summary

In this book, Bergeron demonstrates the negative emotional and pedagogical repercussions that result from American educators’ embrace of self-esteem and the dogma surrounding its acceptance. Critically interpreting the meaning of self-esteem in education, he challenges "common sense" assumptions surrounding this notion and questions the historical, political, philosophical, and pedagogical forces that have shaped this psychological construct in education. Interrogating the pedagogical practices linked to student empowerment, self-determination, and social agency in the classroom, Bergeron discusses the ways in which the promise of self-esteem has backfired, particularly for marginalized and impoverished students.

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