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ERIC Number: EJ1171990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Tapping Autobiographical Narratives to Illuminate Resilience: A Transformative Learning Tool for Adult Educators
Lohr, Kathy D.
Educational Gerontology, v44 n2-3 p163-170 2018
Adversity has always been a part of life, however, today's hurricanes and earthquakes in increasingly populated areas, violent unrest creating a global refugee crisis, battlefield stress and work-place harassment, and the challenges of aging populations are demanding a better understanding of how individuals cope with adversity regardless of the source. One answer is resilience. This paper describes a narrative strategy that captures resilience in its many forms based on current research on resilience and transformative learning. Resilience research has moved from a focus on personality traits that help some to rebound to resilience as a process and outcome. As process and outcome, resilience is seen as a teachable attribute. This article applies two metatheories--one from resilience research and one from transformative learning--to data gathered in a qualitative research study on life-story writing. The results provide educators with a tool for facilitating resilience in their learners, clients, and patients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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