Challenging the Cult of Self-Esteem in Education: Education, Psychology, and the Subaltern Self, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Challenging the Cult of Self-Esteem in Education

Education, Psychology, and the Subaltern Self, 1st Edition

By Kenzo E. Bergeron

Routledge

126 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Self-Esteem as Common Sense 2. The History and Politics of Self-Esteem 3. Self-Esteem and its Colonizing Impact 4. Self-Esteem Curriculum as Epistimicides 5. An Act of Armed Love: Curriculum for Social Agency, Empowerment, and Self-Determination

About the Author

Kenzo E. Bergeron is a fifth-grade teacher at Willows Community School, California, and former researcher at Loyola Marymount University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Educational Psychology

The Routledge Research in Educational Psychology series is a forum for scholars across the field of Educational Psychology to present their latest research and contribute to the development of the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU009000
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General