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‘I've had to swallow my pride’: help seeking and self-esteem

‘I've had to swallow my pride’: help seeking and self-esteem

Clegg, Sue, Bradley, Sally and Smith, Karen (2006) ‘I've had to swallow my pride’: help seeking and self-esteem. Higher Education Research & Development, 25 (2). pp. 101-113. ISSN 0729-4360 (Print), 1469-8366 (Online) (doi:

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One of the paradoxes confronting higher education teachers and other staff supporting students is that despite their perception that they offer students opportunities for support, students do not take advantage of them. Our research was based on the desire to understand the ways students cope and what resources they draw on. To this end, we interviewed students from a range of backgrounds and courses. We famed our analysis in terms of situated self‐esteem because the data revealed the strength of students' personal projects, together with clear evidence of the complexities of help seeking. Situated self‐esteem concerns proper and measured judgements about the self and the ability to cope rather than conceptualizing esteem in a therapeutic framework. We conclude by considering the ways in which institutional support for learning and teaching might strengthen students' resources, not undermine them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year experience, self-esteem, higher education, student support
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
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