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Thursday, June 15 • 13:30 - 15:00
Resilience from an Educational Perspective - Maria Pilar Garate Chateau, Sharon Butler, Azita Chitsazzadeh

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Resilience from an Educational Perspective

Abstract #287
Resilience and educational achievement: A Chilean study.
Maria Pilar Garate (Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria Chile)
Co-Authors: Maria Pilar Garate, J-F, Hugo Alarcon, Edward Johns, Lioubov Dombrovskaia, Teresita Arenas
Introduction: This study will investigate the relationship between educational outcomes and constructs of resilience among first-year university students. In particular, it will take on an algorithmic analysis to systematically tease out nodes and distributive computations within the data to account for how constructs of resilience account towards educational gains and vice-versa.
Methods: 300 first engineering university students completed a paper-based social-emotional wellbeing and mental health survey. The survey was informed by four standardized psychometric batteries. Students completed the survey at the University during their regular class. The survey took around 30 to 40mins to complete. Results from the survey were mapped to a number of academic indices. Categories of algorithms were used to account for how much a construct within resilience accounted towards educational gains and vice-versa. Structural equational modeling was used to show to what extent a factor was related to educational outcomes and resilience.
Findings: Increasing resilience is likely to contribute towards positive educational gains and equally catering for positive learning experiences is likely to promote aspects of resilience. An associated outcome would be to capture and study the correlation between resilience and personal life course journey, school behaviors, and academic achievement/performance.

Abstract #275
Title: The development of a whole town approach to building resilience in children and young people: The Blackpool HeadStart programme.
Sharon Butler, Lisa Mills, Ollie Gibbs, Josh Thompson (Blackpool Council, UK)
Co-Authors: Young People's Executive Group, Angie Hart, Pauline Wigglesworth
Introduction: Blackpool HeadStart is a £10 million Big Lottery Funded programme implementing co-produced, social justice resilience approaches in schools and local communities to support children's mental health. Blackpool is a quirky town  with multiple social and economic challenges. We are using a community development approach and adapting traditional therapies.
Methods: The presentation outlines the core components of HeadStart and discusses how we have drawn on both resilience and systems theory to work with the whole town. To achieve the aim of a whole system change, we are using and adapting Angie Hart and collaborators’ Resilient Therapy and their Academic Resilience Approaches. HeadStart’s theory of change has been co-produced with young people, practitioners and other stakeholders and it will be outlined in the presentation. Finally we give an overview of the research data that is currently being collected on all the elements of the programme, using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Findings: Our work to develop a whole town approach to resilience building has relevance to anyone who wants to develop resilience approaches in either schools or local communities more broadly, rather than with individual children only. Implications of working with social justice and co-productive approaches are also highlighted.

Abstract #235
Title: The comparison between sensation seeking, test anxiety and academic resiliency in athlete and non-athlete female students
 Azita Chitsazzadeh (Tehran minister of education, Iran)
Today, sport and physical activities are considered essential for many students and most of academic systems have included in their own programs. The aim of this study was to the comparison of sensation seeking, test anxiety and academic resilience in athlete and non-athlete female students.
Methods: The study population consisted of all ninth-grade high school female students of Tehran’s 3 district education in 2015-2016 whose number was about 2150. A total of 120 students (60 students in each group) was selected by the convenience sampling method.
Findings/Implications: According to the findings, it can be concluded that test anxiety and adventure seeking are important variables among female athletes and the authorities should consider these variables during interactions with students.


Sharon Butler

Blackpool Council

María Pilar Gárate Chateau

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Azita Chitsazzadeh

Ministry of education

Thursday June 15, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 SAST
Room 08 Century City Conference Centre