In August 2007, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Centre launched its first book - Creating Confidence: A handbook for professionals working with young people, written by the Centre's Chief Executive, Dr Carol Craig.
The Centre decided to publish this book for two main reasons: over the past three years we have undertaken a number of projects about young people's confidence/well-being or that were relevant in some way to the development of professionals working with young people. Secondly, there was a growing interest in the new Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. The CofE sets out for the first time the four purposes of education. One of them is the creation of 'confident individuals'. In short, confidence is now at the core of the Scottish education system and professionals are rightly interested in what this is going to mean for their day to day practice.
As a result of the research we had carried out on self-esteem, we were increasingly of the view that the American education system, one of the worst performing systems in the western world, had undermined young people's resilience, skills and educational standards in the pursuit of building self-esteem. We, therefore, saw it as our duty to help people understand better what confidence is, and isn't, and the better ways to go about fostering it in young people.
In this section you can view the table of contents for the book, read some comments, and also read some of its key messages. Use the menu on the right.
For more detailed information on some of the themes look at the section on the Centre's work on confidence.
The Centre gratefully acknowledes the support of Morris and Spottiswood in the publication of the book and for the foreword contributed by George Morris.