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A Focus on Hope

Fifty Resilient Students Speak

Erik E. Morales and Frances K. Trotman

Over the course of ten years, this extensive qualitative study focused on the academic resilience phenomenon. The research delves into the educational resilience experiences of fifty low socioeconomic students of color from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. In addition to chronicling specific protective factors and processes active in the students' lives, several symbiotic relationships between groups of protective factors are documented and explored. A Resilience Cycle theory, which was chronicled in previous works of the authors, is used as a framework to view essential elements of the students' academic success. Ultimately, the data and findings are used to propose practical suggestions for promoting academic resilience in at-risk youth nationwide. Furthermore, because one author specializes in education and the other in psychology, both of these disciplines are brought to bear on this crucial and understudied topic. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 100Size: 6 1/8 x 9 1/8
978-0-7618-5271-1 • Hardback • December 2010 • $55.00 • (£37.95)
978-0-7618-5272-8 • Paperback • December 2010 • $24.99 • (£15.95)
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Erik E. Morales, PhD. is associate professor of education at New Jersey City University's Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education, in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has written and presented extensively on academic resilience and achievement. Frances K. Trotman, PhD. is professor of psychology in the Department of Psychological Counseling at Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, New Jersey. She has over thirty years of teaching, research, and counseling experience. She has focused extensively on issues of educationally equity and African American mental health issues.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Meeting the Students and Capturing their Stories
Chapter 3: The "Resilience Cycle": An Overview
Chapter 4: The Cycle in Context: Spoke 1 "Recognizing Reality"
Chapter 5: The Cycle in Context: Spoke 2 "Manifesting Help"
Chapter 6: The Cycle in Context: Spoke 3 "Synthesizing Resources"
Chapter 7: The Cycle in Context: Spoke 4 "Evaluating and Enhancing"
Chapter 8: The Cycle in Context: Spoke 5 "Developed Habits and Goals"
Chapter 9: Facilitating Resilience: Practical Implications
Chapter 10 References
Chapter 11 Index
Chapter 12 Appendix A: Resilient Students' Demographic Information
Chapter 13 Appendix B: The Resilience Cycle
Chapter 14 Appendix C: Resilient Students' Institutional Data
Chapter 15 Appendix D: Resilient Students and Major Protective Factors
Chapter 16 Appendix E: Major Psychological Stressors Associated with Academic Achievement
Chapter 17 Appendix F: Individual Student Demographics (N=50)
An excellent resource for educational professionals seeking to reach out to their most disadvantaged students, A Focus on Hope is sorely needed, especially in the tough economic times today when education is more vital than ever to securing a stable and rewarding future. Highly recommended.
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