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Grit and Learning

Grit is...

  • “perseverance and passion for long-term goals” (Duckworth, et al., 2007)
  • A growth mindset – thrives on challenge (Dweck, 2006)
  • A consistency of interest and perseverance of effort (Datu, Valdez & King, 2015)
  • Research indicates that grit is positively related to metacognition (Arslan, Akin & Citemel, 2013)
  • May be domain-specific (Schmidt, et al., 2017)
  • “.. grit may have better postdictive power especially among older populations,” (Bazelais, Lemay, & Doleck, 2016)

Is Grit Important?

  • Research indicates that “individuals with higher levels of grit are expected to exhibit greater persistence in the pursuit of their goals despite setbacks, distractions, or other forms of interference,” (Wotters and Hussain, 2015).
  • Grit is a better predictor of success than IQ (Duckworth, et al., 2007)
    • Bazelais, Lemay, and Doleck, (2016) suggest “..grit was not a significant predictor of academic achievement in pre-university college-level physics program,” (p. 42), but supported research that found "prior academic achievement is the most reliable predictor of student success in college," (p.42).
  • “..engagement inSRL (self-regulated learning) may serve as one key pathway through which grit leads to academic success,” (Wotters and Hussain, 2015).
      • Self-regulated learning (SRL) is active and purposeful management of one’s own learning via goal setting, motivation, metacognition, strategy utilization, progress monitoring and reflection (Pintrich 2004; Zimmerman 2000; & Winne and Hadwin 1998)

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Last Published: Mar 12, 2021