Measuring Mathematical Resilience: An application of the construct of resilience to the study of mathematics (2012)

Mathematical resilience is a positive adaptive stance to mathematics which allows students to continue learning despite adversity. 

The idea of mathematical resilience stems from the idea of psychological resilience which represents a positive response to negative stimuli. Mathematical resilience is multidimensional, with four correlated factors; value, struggle, growth and resilience.

Developing a measure for mathematical resilience will aid development of interventions to improve mathematical resilience, achievement, and quantitative literacy. The work draws on and complements the ideas of Carol Dweck, that abilities can be developed through hard work and support. 


Johnston-Wilder, Sue. 2013. “Measuring Mathematical Resilience: An Application of the Construct of Resilience to the  Study of Mathematics.”