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How can resilience be developed in UK schools?

Walker, David (2014) How can resilience be developed in UK schools? Working Paper. University of Birmingham.


URL of Published Version: http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/insight-series/Walker%20D.pdf


It seems obvious that resilience is a quality that we ought to develop among young people. It is a favoured term, too, in many different settings ranging from social work and health all the way through to the United States Army (Seligman, 2011). Even so, resilience has its limits. After persisting for years through multiple injuries to win two Olympic gold medals Dame Kelly Holmes recently disclosed her on-going struggle with post-athletic life and her deliberate self-harm. Similarly, in cycling, Sir Chris Hoy announced on retiring that he has used up 'every last ounce of energy and effort at London 2012', adding that despite wanting to go on for another year to win a seventh gold medal, he realised that he could not do so (BBC, 2013). It seems as if resilience can come and go; it can run out; and it can resist transfer from one domain of life to another even for the most talented and toughest.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:14
Department:Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues or The University of Birmingham.

Series/Collection Name:The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Insight Series
Keywords:Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Character Education, Insight Series, Resilience
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
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Funders:John Templeton Foundation
ID Code:1901

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