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The Bucket Filling Approach to Education
A discussion on the bucket filler theory's impact on the self-esteem of upper level elementary students.
# 149051 | 1,469 words | 11 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2011 in Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory)

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The paper outlines the bucket filler theory that is based on the view that positive thinking, reinforcement and interaction can promote and maintain higher levels of productivity, creativity and learning. The paper looks at this theory's application to the educational environment and discusses how it will promote an atmosphere of recognition and praise rather than isolation and criticism. The paper also explains how the bucket filler theory develops a sense of positive self-esteem and then reviews the studies that attest to the effectiveness of this method and philosophy.

Introduction and Overview
The Application of the Bucket Filling Theory to Education

From the Paper:

"Self - esteem, or the way that we feel and perceive ourselves, can be a crucial factor in the development of the child. There are numerous studies that show the negative and deleterious effects of low self esteem. Peggy Orenstein's work in this field is well known and her study on the impact of low self-esteem on girls at school serves to illustrate the importance of self-esteem. Her book entitled Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap (1995) takes into account the very high statistics relating to the drop in self-esteem that occurs among young adolescent girls. Orenstein relates this statistic to various eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa.
"Another aspect about self-esteem among children that is emphasized in the literature is that "In order to have high self-esteem, students need to recognize, respect, and celebrate personal uniqueness" (Halliday, 1999, p. 51). This can only occur in an environment where positive interaction and reinforcement takes place. Studies emphasize the importance of combating negative effects that can reduce the individual's sense of esteem. As Halliday states, "Negative thoughts often have their origin in social or media messages, or opinions from peers or family members. These are often socialized or leaned views that have become internalized" (Halliday, 1999, p. 51)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ab (2000, May 15). Tiny School Overcomes Big Problems. Insight on the News, 16, 29. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Biederman, G. B., Davey, V. A., Ryder, C., & Franchi, D. (1994). The Negative Effects of Positive Reinforcement in Teaching Children with Developmental Delay. Exceptional Children, 60(5), 458+. 3
  • Bucketfillers For Life TM, Inc.Testimonials. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from
  • Colvin, R. (2000, February). Losing Faith in Self-Esteem. School Administrator, 57, 28. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Executive Times 2005 Book Reviews. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from

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