Much ado about grit: a meta-analytic synthesis of grit literature
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Dr Marcus Credé, Michael Tynan and Peter Harms

Reviewing the literature on ‘grit’, this paper suggests that the concept has been presented as a higher-order personality trait that is highly predictive of both success and performance. It focuses particularly on the structure of grit and the relation between grit and performance, retention, conscientiousness, cognitive ability, and demographic variables.’

The authors’ findings suggest that grit is only moderately correlated with performance and retention, and is very strongly correlated with conscientiousness. They also suggest that interventions designed to enhance grit may have weak effects on performance and success.

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Dr Marcus Credé, Michael Tynan and Peter Harms

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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Date of publication:
May 2016

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Providing a comprehensive review of the evidence on whether grit is a useful concept in learning, and its effect on performance, this research paper will make for interesting reading for teachers interested in developing pupils’ non-cognitive skills. 

Literature review.


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R295 / 399
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