Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Adaptability and Learning

  • Andrew J. MartinEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_267



Recent work has proposed adaptability as a means of understanding young people’s capacity to deal with new, changing, and/or uncertain situations (Martin 2010). Adaptability seeks to articulate concepts that reflect young people’s adaptive regulation in the face of uncertainty, change, or novelty. In the academic domain, adaptability (“academic adaptability”) reflects regulatory responses to academic novelty, change, and uncertainty that lead to enhanced learning outcomes. Unlike concepts such as resilience and coping that predominantly focus on surviving, “getting through” and “getting by,” adaptability is focused on active regulation of an individual to evince enhanced outcomes (not simply to “get through” or “get by”). It has also been proposed that regulation efforts take place across three core domains of functioning: cognition, affect, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia