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An exploration of resilience: Why do some students drop out while others in similar circumstances do not do so?


Funded by Aimhigher West Yorkshire this cross-university project explored the internal and external resources students draw on when facing threats to their well-being.

They looked into how their future 'possible selves' affect motivation, retention and attainment and the extent to which students can to set and achieve realistic goals for themselves that can reduce the risk of them dropping out of higher education. Our research focussed on the link between resilience and educational achievement in students who have made the transition from care to higher education and how school and parental influence prior to attending HE, and staff attitudes and institutional ethos in HE, affect the elaboration of the possible selves of working class boys and ethnic minority students

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