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Building Resilience in Primary Students

This two-year project focused on the development of resilience in primary school children.

Developing resilience in primary school children

Dr Ania LianChief Investigator: Dr Ania LIan

This two-year project focused on the development of resilience in primary school children. Resilience is defined as students’ capacity to resource the power of broader community intelligence and, in the process, to develop a sense of belonging to that community. Resilience is identified as a critically important asset for children in the 21st Century where the rate of change in all aspects of life, largely driven by the exponential growth of technology, is greater than ever before. To this end, the project engages with primary teachers in conceptualising, planning and implementing pedagogic strategies which foreground dialogue as a process of building individual and community capacity.

Three research questions will serve as the basis of the study.

  1. What pedagogic challenges does a dialogic approach to learning help address in relation to the building of resilience in primary school students?
  2. In what ways can the use of technology, and especially ICT, support the building of resilience in primary school students?
  3. What are the perceptions of students, teachers and researchers as to the value and success of the building of resilience in school students in the context of this project?

A sequential action-learning model will inform each phase of research, consisting of (phase 1) constructing heterogeneous, dialogic learning environments, (phase 2) developing a framework of understanding and supporting student resilience, (phase 3), development of ICT based resources, (phase 4) implementation, and (phase 5) project evaluation and further developments. The projects’ outcome will result in development of a framework for understanding the challenges involved in constructing and implementing a pedagogy which makes the student’s experience of his or her power its central component.

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