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ERIC Number: EJ771019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
The Beginnings of Resilience: A View Across Cultures
Ungar, Michael
Education Canada, v47 n3 p28-32 Sum 2007
A close read of studies of children's development says that remarkably large numbers of children mature successfully despite exposure to poverty, war, violence, family dislocation, cultural genocide, sexual abuse, physical injury, mental illness, loss of a parent, loneliness, hunger, neglect and the numerous other crimes one commits against children. What one learns from children who survive and thrive, or what one calls resilient, is that both individual and environmental factors can protect them. However, these factors vary from one culture to another. Resilience is not an individual quality. It is a condition of the community, the school, the family, as much as a quality of the child. Among the more culturally pluralistic communities in Canada, people are likely to find many definitions of successful growth. Educators need to show humility, to ask about differences, and to demonstrate flexibility in the educational environment in order to make school more comfortable for children of different ethnicities and help them along the path to resilience. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada