Resilience as a dimension of learning power
'Dependent and fragile learners are more easily disheartened when they get stuck or make mistakes....
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'Dependent and fragile learners are more easily disheartened when they get stuck or make mistakes. Their ability to persevere is lower, and they are likely to seek and prefer less challenging situations. They are dependent upon other people and external structures for their learning and for their sense of self-esteem. They are passive imbibers of knowledge, rather than active agents of their own learning. The opposite of dependence is resilience. Learners with these characteristics like a challenge, and are willing to ‘give it a go’ even when the outcome and the way to proceed are uncertain. They accept that learning is sometimes hard for everyone, and are not frightened of finding things difficult. They have a high level of ‘stickability’ and can readily recover from frustration. They are able to ‘hang in’ with learning even though they may, for a while, feel somewhat confused or even anxious. They do not mind making mistakes every so often, and can learn from them.' (Crick, 2007, p140)
Deakin Crick, R. (2007). Learning how to learn: the dynamic assessment of learning power. The Curriculum Journal, 18(2), 135-153.
Resilience is one of the dimensions of learning power. These are:
- Changing and learning
- Critical curiosity
- Meaning making
- Learning relationships
- Strategic awareness