What role does "grit" play in learner achievement?
Submitted by finnmiller on December 9, 2013 - 2:40pm
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).”
If you have not seen Dr. Duckworth’s fascinating 6-minute TED talk on this topic, you can find it here http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html.
Duckworth has made very brief (8-item and 12-item) grit surveys available for educational use on her webpage https://sites.sas.upenn.edu/duckworth/pages/research.
What do you think about the role of grit in achieving one’s goals? What would you say are some of the implications for using a grit survey as part of adult literacy programming?
Susan Finn Miller