A resilience, health and well-being lens for education and poverty

  • Liesel Ebersöhn
Keywords: bricolage, epidemiology, ethnography, global south, health and well-being in education, inequality, positive education outcomes, positive psychology, poverty and education, resilience and education


In this paper I argue that the health and well-being outcomes of people at different levels of a social hierarchy, as studied by epidemiologists and psychologists has  relevance for educational research, especially in unequal societies. When addressing poverty-associated risk, the educational emphasis need not only be on attaining more individual wealth in society, but could rather be to improve the educational,  psychological and social well-being. I draw on four ethnographic studies to construct a bricolage of narratives to show how resilience, health and well-being agendas may lead to positive education outcomes given inequality.

Keywords: bricolage; epidemiology; ethnography; global south; health and well-being in education; inequality; positive education outcomes; positive psychology; poverty and education; resilience and education


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eISSN: 2076-3433
print ISSN: 0256-0100