Grit: the power of passion and perseverance
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Professor Angela Duckworth

In this book Professor Duckworth argues that the concept of ‘grit’ is a practice, not a gift. As such it can be learnt.

While many assume that getting to the top is the preserve of the most talented, Duckworth puts a strong case that passionate perseverance, effort and grit also count. Those prepared to work hard practice and hone their skills can equal the most talented. 

Duckworth explains that ‘grit’ is the qualities of resilience, perseverance and positivity that show a strong correlation to success. She draws on experiments with rats and dogs, but also longitudinal studies of humans to demonstrate how ‘grit’ is enacted. She examines examples of grit in sports, politics, business and the military with many cases and interviews.

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Professor Angela Duckworth

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Penguin Books

Date of publication:
May 2016

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Challenging assumptions about talent and ability, and providing evidence that grit – perseverance, effort and structured practice  – can be taught, this book may be of use to teachers looking to foster their pupils’ sense of resilience. 

Longitudinal study and case examples.


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R291 / 395
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Prof Angela Duckworth

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New Statesman

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