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A Focus on Hope: Fifty Resilient Students Speak by Erik E. Morales, Frances K. Trotman

By Erik E. Morales, Frances K. Trotman

Over the process ten years, this huge qualitative examine interested in the educational resilience phenomenon. The learn delves into the academic resilience reviews of 50 low socioeconomic scholars of colour from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. as well as chronicling particular protecting elements and tactics lively within the scholars' lives, a number of symbiotic relationships among teams of protecting components are documented and explored. A Resilience Cycle conception, which was once chronicled in past works of the authors, is used as a framework to view crucial components of the scholars' educational luck. finally, the information and findings are used to suggest sensible feedback for selling educational resilience in at-risk formative years national. additionally, simply because one writer focuses on schooling and the opposite in psychology, either one of those disciplines are delivered to endure in this an important and understudied subject.

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A lot of that came from where I grew up too. My house and my neighborhood were hectic, so I was like all over the place . . I knew I had to structure my time really good. Especially with all the freedom that college gives you. I’m not good with too much time . . I made sure to hit the books every morning and every night, and tried to keep it up no matter what . . I also had this thing where I would pretend that the assignment was due three days before it actually had to be handed in. That way I had it done on time, even if I got distracted or something .

Additionally, because these programs invite the students onto campus the summer before their freshmen year when few others are on campus, the end effect is to shrink the campus so as to provide a sense of intimacy. This intimacy provides these atypical students with a social support group prior to the arrival of throngs of students in late August. indd 45 10/19/10 5:56 AM 46 Chapter Six The following series of quotes are descriptions of students’ appreciation of that initial sense of community: During that summer I got my posse together .

Because these programs are majority minority and by definition serving only lower SES students, there is an immediate comfort level experienced by the students. Additionally, because these programs invite the students onto campus the summer before their freshmen year when few others are on campus, the end effect is to shrink the campus so as to provide a sense of intimacy. This intimacy provides these atypical students with a social support group prior to the arrival of throngs of students in late August.

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