ERIC Number: EJ1076534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Practically Perfect in Every Way: Can Reframing Perfectionism for High-Achieving Undergraduates Impact Academic Resilience?
Dickinson, Mary J.; Dickinson, David A. G.
Studies in Higher Education, v40 n10 p1889-1903 2015
This study focuses on a pan-disciplinary scheme that targeted high-achieving undergraduate students. Earlier research from the scheme argued that high achievers have discernibly different learning and personal development support needs. One of the most frequent self-reported challenges within this high-achieving group is perfectionism. This "problematizing" of perfectionism by high-achieving students may present a challenge for learning professionals. Often the traits associated with perfectionism have played a key role in previous academic successes, yet are also reportedly experienced as injurious to the student's overall well-being. A discourse of academic resilience was employed to restructure students' perceptions and subsequent management of perfectionism. Literature from the fields of psychology and education were synthesised to create a conceptualisation of perfectionism that contributed positively to student well-being. This study suggests that reframing perfectionism within a discourse of academic resilience can lead to modifications in behaviour that contribute positively to the overall student experience.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, High Achievement, Undergraduate Students, Resilience (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Correlation, Student Needs, Discourse Analysis, Well Being, Behavior Modification, Goal Orientation, Achievement Need, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Educational Experience, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom