The Social Functions of Attributional Face Saving Tactics
School is a not only a forum for learning and achievement but is also an important social arena. Students respond to teacher directions, negotiate informal norms of conduct among classmates, argue and resolve conflicts as well as form friendships with another (e.g., Juvonen & Wentzel, 1996). In this chapter, I examine how students manage their public images in ways that promote social approval in the context of the classroom (cf. Baumeister, 1982; Leary & Kowalski, 1990). What is of specific interest is how students may try to “save face” as they do poorly in school.
KeywordsImpression Management Social Approval Effort Account Impression Management Tactic Effort Attribution
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