Resilience Education

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Corwin Press, 2001 - Education - 105 pages
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This book examines how young people who struggle with life's worst conditions somehow manage to overcome adversity, identifying significant factors that contribute to their resilience. The book presents information and decision making skills students need to make good decisions in the face of adversity; learning strategies and teaching techniques that facilitate student acquisition of good decision making skills; vignettes and specific examples of what a resilient youth looks like; real-world portraits of school communities that support resilience; and specific guidelines for creating conditions for resilience in the classroom. There are nine chapters in two parts. Part 1, "Supporting Evidence for Resilience," includes: (1) "The Limitations of a Risk Orientation"; (2)"Understanding the Human Capacity for Healthy Adaptation"; and (3) "Applying a Resilience Approach to Education." Part 2, "The PORT-able Approach to Resilience Education," includes: (4) "Educating through Participation, Observation, Reflection, and Transformation"; (5) "Participation: Authentic, Active Engagement"; (6) "Observation: Noting Your Experience"; (7) "Reflection: Interpreting Your Experience"; (8) "Transformation: Being Aware of and Responsible for Change"; and (9) "Bringing It All Together." (Contains 108 references.) (SM)

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Supporting Evidence For Resilience i
Understanding the Human Capacity for Healthy Adaptation
Applying a Resilience Approach to Education
The PORTable Approach
Authentic Active Engagement
Noting Your Experience
Interpreting Your Experience
Being Aware of and Responsible for Change
Bringing It All Together

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About the author (2001)

For over twenty years, Bonnie Benard has brought the concept of resilience to the attention of national and international audiences. She has written widely, provided training, and made presentations in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development theory, policy, and practice. Her earlier WestEd publication, "Fostering Resiliency in Kids: Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community" (1991), is credited with introducing resiliency theory and application to the fields of prevention and education. She holds a Master's Degree in social work and is currently a Senior Program Associate with WestEd's Health and Human Development Program.