Student Grit as an Important Ingredient for Academic and Personal Success

Lora Reed, Jim Jeremiah


This paper explores grit as a contributor to student success at a variety of age levels. First, grit is described for its value in workforce development (Allen & Lewis, 2006,) as a predictor of achievement (Duckworth, 2006,) and in various capacities relevant to teacher effectiveness and student learning (Duckworth, et al, 2009).  Then, grit is considered as a factor in adult achievement including, but not limited to, West Point Cadets (Kelly, et al, 2014).  Grit is compared to other aspects of individual behavior, such as agency (Kundu, 2014), and it is investigated as an aspect of character and/or personality.   Finally, means of incorporating grit into students’ personal and professional lives are discussed.  Ways student learning can be enhanced and engagement and retention can be increased are considered.  Suggestions for ways faculty can improve course presence and delivery, and support students with grit are offered.

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