Beyond perseverance: developing academic resilience for a better normal

Priya Goel, Elizer Jay de los Reyes, Ga Young Chung, Asma Zulfiqar, Marian Mahat, Caroline Cohrssen, Jo Blannin, Ethel Villafranca

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This chapter shares the challenges that scholars experienced during the pandemic and their responses to them. We find that participants responded to complex work and home challenges through ethics of grit and perseverance. Offering a caution against grit mindsets, we argue that academics would benefit from opportunities to develop fuller forms of resilience. To do so, we recommend that higher education institutions co-construct locally and culturally relevant conceptualisations of resilience and enact trauma-informed practice to better support academic resilience in their faculties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding a Better Normal
Subtitle of host publicationVisions of Schools of Education in a Post-Pandemic World
EditorsPriya Goel, Jonathan Simmons, Smridhi Marwah, Lars Andersson, Sinikka Neuhaus, Marian Mahat
Place of PublicationLeeds UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781804554104, 9781804554128
ISBN (Print)9781804554135
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGreat Debates in Education


  • Academic resilience
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Grit
  • Higher education
  • Perseverance
  • Trauma-informed practice

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