Developing resilience in Higher Education students: what is the role of the lecturer?

Ventouris, Annita (2020) Developing resilience in Higher Education students: what is the role of the lecturer? In: UCLY (Université Catholique de Lyon) International Research Week, 13-14 Jan 2020, Lyon, France. (Unpublished)

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Resilience is broadly viewed as the ability to face, overcome and be strengthened by the adversities of life (Grotberg, 1995). This ability is considered essential in Higher Education (HE) students, as many of them might experience higher levels of psychological distress than their peers who do not attend university. Specifically, these individuals undergo a significant number of environmental reconstructions in family, friends and wider social support systems, whilst encountering academic and personal pressures.
Considering the above, this study focused on students’ perceptions of the interpersonal factors that may promote their own resilience, focusing on the role of the lecturer. Undergraduate students (both male and female, aged 18 -22 years old) from two UK HE institutions participated in this qualitative, exploratory study; semi-structured, in-depth interviews with individuals and focus groups were used and data was analysed using Thematic Analysis.
The findings reveal the importance of having supportive relationships with lecturers, as it is considered a facilitator in the development of resilience among HE students. Students linked their sense of belonging to the institution they attend with the interpersonal and professional characteristics of their lecturer, like for example approachability and pedagogical methods they employ; this includes how they help students deal with academic failure and learn from their mistakes. The implications of this study are related to how HE institutions can promote the development of positive relationships between students and lecturers and how academics can get the support they need in their daily tasks, so that they dedicate more quality time to their students, mentoring and guiding them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education
Depositing User: Annita Ventouris
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 15:20
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:14

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