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The Education of Selves: How Psychology Transformed Students

Jack Martin and Ann-Marie McLellan


Most contemporary North Americans take for granted the universality of their conceptions and experiences of themselves as individuals with uniquely valuable psychological lives. However, such psychological conceptions of selfhood are historically quite recent, dating mostly from the late eighteenth century. Perhaps more surprisingly, understandings of ourselves as creatively self-expressive and strategically self-managing individuals are, for the most part, products of twentieth-century innovations in Enlightenment-based social sciences, especially disciplinary psychology, in both its scientif ... More

Keywords: education, psychology, educational psychology, self-esteem, self-concept, self-efficacy, self-regulation, students, schools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199913671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Martin, author
Simon Fraser University

Ann-Marie McLellan, author
Kwantlen Polytechnic University