A Descriptive Analysis of Risk and Resiliency within a Cohort of Preservice Teachers

By Warnie James Richardson, Alicia Paolucci and Connor Richardson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This is the second in a proposed series of studies, which looks at risk and resiliency as it exists within a Canadian (undergraduate) university cohort. In the first study, with samples drawn from two distinct academic programs (Arts and Sciences and Education), considerable differences were found when the results from a questionnaire were juxtaposed and analysed. In brief, in the previous study, risk and resiliency characteristics, as they exist within a sampled post secondary undergraduate population, were measurably more prevalent in Education students when compared to their Arts and Sciences counterparts (Paolucci & Richardson, 2009). Thus, in discovering a statistically significant representation of post secondary Education students who identified themselves as being children and young adolescents who were exposed to substantial risk in their early lives, but now see themselves as resilient adults, this study seeks to further describe the previous results by expanding the sample size quite considerably within the identified Education population.

Keywords: At-risk, Resiliency, Teachers, Mental Health, Familial Dysfunction, Poverty, Substance Abuse, Education, Post-secondary, Sexual Abuse

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.49-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 739.359KB).

Dr. Warnie James Richardson

Professor, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Warnie Richardson is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. His doctoral work and most of his writing to date have focused on the life experiences of juvenile delinquents and the incredible resiliency of at-risk or marginalized adolescents. Prior to arriving at Nipissing, he was a Special Education teacher/educational assessor for sixteen years, all in very hard-to-serve educational environments in both Canada and the Caribbean.

Alicia Paolucci

Teacher, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Paolucci is currently a teacher working for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. Her writing and research to date, primarily focuses on risk and resiliency within an educational context.

Connor Richardson

University Student, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Richardson is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Neuroscience. Her research interests intersect with her ongoing practical experience in her work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and co-morbid behavioral dysfunctions and mental illnesses.


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