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Can students within higher education learn to be resilient and, educationally speaking, does it matter?

Walker, C. and Gleaves, A. and Grey, J. (2006) 'Can students within higher education learn to be resilient and, educationally speaking, does it matter?', Educational studies., 32 (3). pp. 251-264.


This paper presents a critical appraisal of resilience and its associated concepts within the context of higher education. It addresses wide‐ranging definitions of resilience, encompassing endurance and adaptability, and seeks to understand how these definitions impact on the learning experiences of students. As theoretical and empirical work on resilience has burgeoned in terms of adolescent experiences of education, the rise of interest has not been matched by that in studies of adult learning, particularly within university settings. This is despite the growing importance of retention studies, which have clear and important links to how well students manage their learning ability in adversity. Realization of the potential embodied in this concept to alter for the better, together with ways of conceptualizing learning and teaching, however, will remain constrained unless teachers within higher education pay attention to the resilience narratives that individual students present, and how teaching strategies can affect their learning trajectories. The paper examines some factors that impact on students’ learning within higher education, and theorizes how teaching and assessment may be adapted to promote resilience in all its forms.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Resilience, Higher education, Learning, Retention, Students, Assessment
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Record Created:16 Jan 2007
Last Modified:04 Feb 2011 13:00

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