Sally McKeown

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Sal McKeown is a writer and freelance journalist focusing on disability, education and technology. She writes regularly for Education Today, Early Years Educator, Teach Secondary and Primary School Management. A former teacher and lecturer in further education and for the Open University and Workers’ Educational Association, she is a member of The Good Schools Guide’s special needs team and a judge for the Bett and Education Resources awards.


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A little praise goes a long way, but too much may be harmful


Asha Patel and Sal McKeown summarise a Dutch observational study of parents’ praise and children’s self-esteem. The research finds that parents’ inflated praise predicted lower self-esteem in children, and also predicted higher narcissism, but only in children with high self-esteem.

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