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Raising Pupils' Self-Esteem through Leadership Activities in Art

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This article is about the ways in which young people who have disengaged from learning in school can find a way back through leadership activities in art. It is based on a project which was funded by a small grant from the Wallenberg Foundation. The project explored the potential of an approach to developing positive leadership qualities in pupils who were not consistently committed to the school's learning purposes. This account describes and comments upon two pupils' guided attempts at peer teaching in art and its subsequent effect upon their selfesteem and attitude towards school. It was found that pupils who taught art to other pupils had an increased sense of self-worth and were more positively affected towards learning. However, broader issues, such as the negative nature of some school systems and their role in de-motivating pupils were highlighted.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK

Publication date: 2006-10-01

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