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Promoting Resilience in Higher Education

Staying BRiTE international connections

The Staying BRiTE team have had a busy June and July with 2 international conference presentations.

The first was at the Pathways to Resilience IV conference in Cape Town, South Africa , where we had the opportunity to learn about resilience research in Global South countries and hear inspiring keynote speakers such as Professors Michael Ungar, Linda Theron and Ann Masten. Our presentation "Helping people stay in teaching": An approach to building teacher resilience in Australia (A/Prof Caroline Mansfield, A/Prof Susan Beltman, Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell) described the BRiTE project and evidence of impact.

Members of the Murdoch, QUT and University of Wollongong teams presented at the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT) conference at the university of Salamanca, Spain. We gave a symposium:

Promoting resilience through Staying BRiTE: A national Australian collaborative project

Paper 1: BRiTE beginnings (A/Prof Caroline Mansfield & A/Prof Susan Beltman)

Paper 2: Exploring career-changers’ experiences and strategies for building resilience (Prof. Tania Broadley, A/Prof Denise Beutel, Dr Leanne Crosswell)

Paper 3: Building resilience for Early Years teachers (Dr Noelene Weatherby-Fell, Dr Sue Duchesne & Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett)

Thanks to our discussant Dr Wendy Moran for highlighting the importance of having a shared language with which to talk about resilience in preservice teacher education and being explicit about resilience processes. Thanks also to colleagues in Spain, Chile and Japan who share interest in supporting teacher resilience.

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