About us

The research team involved in the Keeping Cool project are academic staff members lecturing in Education at Murdoch University (Western Australia), Curtin University of Technology (Western Australia) and RWTH Aachen University (Germany). The project emerged as the members of the research team shared a concern about the significant attrition rate of early career teachers and were interested in how teachers could develop resilience to deal with the challenges of the profession. We are particularly interested in the factors that help build resilience for teaching and how these can be developed through teacher education programmes.

Four key ideas guide our understanding of resilience. Firstly, we define resilience as the "process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstances" (Masten, Best & Garmezy, 1990, p. 425). The nature of resilience is determined by the interaction between the internal assets of the individual and the external environment . In addition, we acknowledge and emphasise that resilience is multifaceted, relative and dynamic, and is a socially constructed phenomenon. Finally, we recognise that resilience manifests itself in different ways, for example, what is perceived as challenging for one person, may not be for another, and similarly, how individuals display resilience may differ.

For more information about our research team, please click on the Researcher Profile link. We are also grateful to the members of our reference group for their ongoing guidance and support of our project.

Masten, A., Best, K., & Garmezy, N. (1990). Resilience and development: Contributions from the study of children who overcome adversity. Development and Psychopathology, 2, 425-444.