Grit Definition

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The purpose of this study is to demonstrate if success in academics or life can be predicted by a person’s degree of grit. The authors of this paper define grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals as defined by Duckworth of University of Pennsylvania. At the time of this research there seems to be a lot of hype around grit since the department of education in the US and UK have been focusing on increasing student’s grit. Somewhere in the articles it states that previous research has shown that grit can be used as a significant factor to predict the academic achievements of individuals. However the authors of this article claim that the samples used in that research were highly selective participants such as undergraduate students, …show more content…
The data used by this research group included Grit, Big Five personality factors and GCSE scores. The grit was assessed through the Grit-S questionnaire, when the participants were 16years of age. This assessment contains eight items and is scored on two scales, perseverance of effort and consistency of interest. Participants were asked to rate statements on a 5-point scale ranging from 1 (very much like me) to 5 (not like me at all). Personality was measured using the abbreviated questionnaire of the five-factor model, Five-Factor Model Rating Form (FFMRF), which was administered online. This test contained 30 items which were categorized with 6 items for each of the five personality traits. Twins were asked to rate themselves on a 5-point scale on which 1-extremely low, 2-low, 3- nether high nor low, 4-high, and 5-extremely high. Educational achievement was measured using the GSCE which is a UK wide national exam that is taken at the end of compulsory school when students are around

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