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Supporting children’s resilience: early childhood educator understandings

Archdall, Kerryn and Kilderry, Anna 2016, Supporting children’s resilience: early childhood educator understandings, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 58-65.

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Title Supporting children’s resilience: early childhood educator understandings
Author(s) Archdall, Kerryn
Kilderry, AnnaORCID iD for Kilderry, Anna orcid.org/0000-0003-1692-8498
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 58
End page 65
Total pages 8
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1836-9391
Summary THIS PAPER HAS TWO AIMS. First, it examines how children's resilience is being defined and discussed in literature, and second, it presents findings from a small-scale study that investigated ·early childhood educator understandings of children's resilience across the curriculum. Considering resilience as a multifaceted construct, the authors question why children's resilience should be a focus for educator practice and how research literature is portraying the role of educators in supporting children to become resilient. The findings illustrate that educators in the study had varied understandings of the notion of resilience and how to support children's resilience. Spontaneous and unplanned teaching strategies were revealed as the educators' main approach of supporting children's resilience. There was also some uncertainty about how to identify resilience according to educators in the study. The study's findings raise critical implications and questions for the early childhood sector, one of these being: Is the fostering and supporting of children's resilience too important an educational issue to be left to the fate of spontaneous incidents to arise in practice?
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Early Childhood Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086512

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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