Competence, Self-confidence and Recognition

  • Mariann MärtsinEmail author
Part of the Sociocultural Psychology of the Lifecourse book series (SPL)


This chapter focuses on the theme of educational transitions as it considers how self-confidence and sense of competence become ruptured in the process of moving into a new educational environment. The two case studies discussed in the chapter suggest that students do not enter universities in isolation from their social and cultural backgrounds and personal histories but, instead, come being embedded in a complex web of connections with real and imaginary others, from whom they expect to receive recognition to their chosen ways of seeing themselves and creating pathways into the future. The case studies thus point to the importance of real and imagined others in providing recognition to the self and, through that, supporting or challenging the identity construction in the new educational environment.


Educational transition University transition Self-confidence Competence Recognition Social other Professional identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Natural Sciences and HealthTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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