ERIC Number: ED419611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Building Educational Resilience. Fastback 430.
Wang, Margaret C.; Haertel, Geneva D.; Walberg, Herbert J.
The number of children at risk of school failure because of poverty, illness, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, frequent relocation, and other adverse circumstances is increasing. Although some teachers may feel as though these problems are beyond them, research points to educators' actions that can alleviate such problems by fostering educational resilience--the capacity of students to attain academic and social success in school despite exposure to personal and environmental adversities. To assist educators in fostering resilience, this "Fastback," produced by the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, describes the roles of teachers and other educators in promoting educational resilience and shares findings that many children demonstrate remarkable achievement despite conditions that put them at risk of failure. The fastback's contents are: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "When Schools Shortchange Children" (what we know about resilience, student diversity and poverty); (3) "Protective Factors that Promote Resilience" (family, peer group, community, school); (4) "Creating Classrooms that Foster Resilience" (teacher attitudes and expectations, instructional practices, classroom climate and organization, curriculum); (5) "Programs and Reforms that Build Resilience" (programs targeted to children at risk of school failure, comprehensive school reform versus narrower interventions, direct influences on student learning, meeting children's basic needs, students' sense of belonging, adapting curriculum and instruction); and (6) "Conclusion." An appendix lists educational programs with resilience-promoting features. (Contains 18 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Intervention, Program Descriptions, Resilience (Personality), Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.