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Understanding and examining teacher resilience from multiple perspectives

Beltman, S. (2020) Understanding and examining teacher resilience from multiple perspectives. In: Mansfield, C.F., (ed.) Cultivating Teacher Resilience: International Approaches, Applications and Impact. Springer, Singapore, pp. 11-26.

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In this chapter, I argue that differing conceptualisations of the construct of resilience shape and enrich the research questions and methodology used to examine it. In addition, the conceptual focus has implications for questions such as whose responsibility it is for the development of resilience. Research conducted within two Australian projects, Keeping Cool and BRiTE (Building Resilience in Teacher Education) is used as an illustration of the impact of a changing conceptual focus. For example, beginning with a psychological perspective led to an examination of risk and protective factors for individuals. More contextual approaches involved a comparison of countries. Recent systemic views support a model that encompasses both personal and contextual characteristics, as well as strategies used and outcomes achieved. It is argued that taking multiple perspectives in this programme of work has enabled the incorporation of a broad range of research methods and findings, and contributed to a deeper understanding of the construct of teacher resilience.

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Publisher: Springer, Singapore
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