University of Vermont

College of Education and Social Sciences

Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Monica McEnerny: A Teacher's Journey to Adolescence: Scholarly and Personal Perceptions of Resilience at the Middle Level (2012-12-04)

McEnerny, Monica | Waterman 427A | 2012-12-04 | 1:00 p.m.

This Scholarly Personal Narrative is a study of resilience at the middle level.  The author’s perceptions of her own experiences as an adolescent, parent of adolescents, and middle grades teacher provide universal insights into what builds resilience through challenges associated with adolescence in its early stages. 

Original hypothesized concepts include understanding, purpose, perseverance, and hope.  Emerging from the literature are themes of otherness, marginality and community, the impact of physical and social environment, flexibility, positive psychology, and the “charismatic adult”, and the need to embrace diversity, vulnerability, communication, and self-care.  Research in the fields of cognitive and developmental learning, positive psychology, and best teaching practices are complemented by photographs, stories, notes, epigraphs, and poems that focus upon the resilience of parents and teachers as well as students.

This study contributes to the literature available for new and future middle level educators. 

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