Understanding Resilience: Implications for Inner-City Schools and Their Near and Far Communities: H. Jerome Freiberg
Why do some children survive, in fact flourish, in the most adverse conditions? This question reflects an area of research and discussion that has been missing from recent literature on the inner cities. The preoccupation with the failings of the urban environment and its inner-city schools has masked an opportunity to examine the successes. The study of resilience provides an important environment for discussing attributes of families, students, peers, schools, and communities that foster resilience in the inner cities. This chapter provides direction for future research that examines alterable variables for creating constructs of resilience, building on proactive and additive models, rather than on individual or collective deficits.