Feb 10, 2015 Our Contribution To The Grit Debate: Better Data

"Grit; that certainly is a hot topic." Last week, I was talking to a colleague about the research I’m working on. As announced previously in our blog, we’re currently conducting a year-long study using experience sampling methods to assess student character. We’re looking at three overarching themes of character development: diligence/grit, compassion, and honesty. After explaining this to my colleague he simply responded with the statement above. This is usually how conversations go down when I talk about the study.  While most people can agree that compassion and honesty are key components of a student’s character development, controversy surrounds the topic of diligence...

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