Educational Progressivism, Technology And Self Improvement

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A Study of Educational Progressivism, Technology and Self Improvement We are living in the age of self-improvement and self-help, where people’s thoughts are consumed with the growth, self-expansion, and the furthering of one’s capabilities (Hepper & Sedikides, 2009; Seligman, 2009). Self-improvement, a 9.6 billion dollar industry, deals exclusively with the “improvement of one’s mind, character, etc., through one’s own efforts,” with a market offering a range of products and services seeking to improve us physically, spiritually, financially and emotionally (Self Improvement, n.d; The Market For Self-Improvement Products and Services, n.d.). With the growing popularity of self-help pursuits, it’s important to consider the long-standing role educational progressivism – were skill and habits are made a necessity to conform to our new technological society – plays, as a motivating factor driving peoples need for self-improvement (Kohlberg and Mayer, 1972,p. 453). Also, it’s important to consider how technology has altered the self-help environment, with the Internet now offering new, more progressive methods to meet the growing demand for quick and easily accessible forms for self-help. Has the public’s perception and attitudes toward self-improvement, and it’s available products and services significantly changed in the 21st century? Although the roots self-improvement and development can be traced back to infancy, Gergerly and Watson’s (1999) theory of contingency
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