Rojas Florez’s Study

April 25, 2016

I recently read the Luisa Fernanda Rojas Florez’s article “Factors Affecting Academic Resilience in Middle School Students: A Case Study.”  She explains that resilience is not something a person has or does not have.  Resilient behaviors and actions “can be learned and developed in any person” (65).  Adversity, to varying degrees, is an aspect of every life.  Resilience is, basically, how people survive adversity.  In her article, Rojas Florez references previous studies that claim that parents, schools, and even the students themselves can support resiliency by providing/finding access to social resources, having a relationship with a caring adult, and being involved in extracurricular activities. 

In Rojas Florez’s own study, her goal was to help parents understand how to promote the quality of resiliency in their children and to understand what risk factors had an impact on the student’s development of resiliency (70).   Rojas Florez’s qualitative data collection noted how students recognized what helped them through the difficult time.  As examples, a student who experienced lower economic status was able to “survive” that situation by relying on strong family attachments; a student who experienced harsh discipline had family support that helped him get through that season of adversity. 

Strong parenting skills and role models both were noted to help students develop resilience skills.  A caring adult, high expectations, encouragement, consistent and responsive parenting strategies all support student resiliency.  A student’s ownership of particular qualities, such as “optimism,” “self-esteem,” “determination,” and “perseverance” also increase the likelihood that the student will develop resiliency. 

Considering our students here at Lexington Middle School, are we (parents, teachers, students) setting our students up for success by creating an environment and opportunities that promote resiliency? 

Rojas Florez, Luisa Fernanda.  “Factors Affecting Academic Resilience in Middle School Students: A Case Study.”  GIST Education and Learning Research Journal 11 (Jul-Dec. 2015):  63-78.