In this blog for his site The Learning Spy, David Didau explores the question of whether resilience is actually a teachable skill.
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"If we can make ourselves, and our children, more resilient, then we definitely should. Trouble is, it doesn’t seem we can."
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David Didau is a freelance speaker, writer and trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience.
How could this help/improve services for young people?
"One of the common issues is that evaluations of programmes designed to develop character are often intensely subjective. Many of the glowing, positive claims come from evaluations carried out by those who were implementing the initiative in the first place! We need to remove confirmation bias, expectancy effects and plain wishful thinking to provide anything genuinely helpful for our children. Where more robust evaluation has been conducted, interventions to develop character traits have not always demonstrated long-term positive outcomes for students."
Building character: a view from youth social action providers by Emma Taylor
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