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Preschool teachers willingness to implement programmes for developing children’s resilience

Ines Tomažin (2018) Preschool teachers willingness to implement programmes for developing children’s resilience. Diploma thesis.

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    Resilience includes efficient surmounting of long-lasting problems, dealing with stressful situations and reacting to them with proactive behaviour, which enables successful dealing with problems/stress. In an educational establishment, for example in a kindergarten, a preschool teacher can contribute to the development of children's resilience by setting an example and with his or her approach. Hence, it is important a preschool teacher through his or her professional development develops resilience him/herself as well as stimulates development of resilience in children. In my research I wanted to find out to what extend preschool teachers believe that the development of resilience in a kindergarten is affected by conditions and atmosphere among the kindergarten's collective and by preschool teacher's competences for carrying out activities which stimulate children's resilience. The thesis further investigates the preschool teachers’ opinion on developing resilience and their readiness to stimulate children’s resilience. I also tried to establish whether teachers’ opinions change according to the phases of their professional development. On the basis of 101 teachers answering the Questionnaire on the Readiness of Preschool Teacher's for Developing Children's Resilience I established that teachers believe they are considerably competent to carry out programs for stimulating resilience in a kindergarten and that their readiness to stimulate resilience development does not depend much on a kindergarten's conditions assurance. The preschool teachers estimated that a considerably pleasant climate is established inside their kindergarten’s collective, which positively affects good interpersonal relationships and working conditions for the employers, which aids in the resilience development. The kindergarten teachers express a fairly high opinion on resilience and estimate that their level of readiness to stimulate resilience development in children is fairly high as well. These preschool teachers’ opinions do not depend on the phases of professional development they are currently at. Due to the fact that resilience is still quite an unfamiliar concept, it is imperative to strive toward better pedagogical workers' awareness of its importance and toward stimulating resilience with children, what the results of this research can contribute to.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: resilience, preschool teacher, kindergarten, child
    Number of Pages: 42
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Simona ProsenMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Helena Smrtnik VitulićComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12161353)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5407
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 12:30
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 12:30
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5407

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