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Grit: Has the impact been exaggerated?

Hello colleagues, We have discussed the concept of "grit" here previously. Grit has to do with the ability an individual has to persist toward completion of a goal. Angela Duckworth from the University of Pennsylvania is the principle scholar researching grit.

However, a recent paper by Marcus Crede from the University of Iowa raises questions about some of Duckworth's claims about grit.

A recent blog on NPREd asks "...has the impact of grit been exaggerated? Or did something get lost in translation? Is it time to give up on grit and try something new?"

Day Five of Our Discussion on Self-Determination, Grit and Academic Resilience

Dear One and All:

Welcome to the “official” final day our discussion.  We’ve come a long way, focusing on frameworks and practices from positive psychology that show promise for helping our students learn, persist and flourish.  I want to thank our panelists:  Beth Tuckwiller, Stel Gragoudas, Lindsey Anderson, and Philip Trejo for their time, effort, and insights.  A special thanks goes out to our student presenters, Mary Zrara and Alexis McGee, for making the time to share their experiences with us.

What role does "grit" play in learner achievement?

Hello colleagues, I know of at least one adult literacy program that is using Angela Duckworth’s grit scale during their intake and orientation process. This program found that the adult learners who achieved their goals also scored highest on the grit scale. Duckworth defines grit as “the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007).”

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