"Non-cognitive traits like grit and self-control are even more important in college than in high school."
How best to encourage the best non-cognitive traits leading to success in college? In the NPR piece, Alfie Kohn makes a great point: persistent people persist.
I'm a big believer in the Dweck model of mindsets: fixed vs. growth mindsets. I work to cultivate growth mindsets in my students. It's not easy. It would be great to add grit to my student's toolbox of tools to use for success in college. I watched Duckworth's TED talk hoping she would have some research to present that would be useful for me to use with my students. Here's her TED talk:
If you watched the talk, you may have noticed that the only research cited was Dweck's work on mindset! The talk is over a year old, so maybe there is new work on grit that I'm not aware of.
I spent a lot of time thinking about these questions over the last few weeks. How can mindset be such a solid concept and grit sound great but have easy criticisms?
Leave it to Dr. Tae to answer my questions in less than 140 characters:
Trying to build grit or persistence directly isn't nearly as effective as addressing the mindset that underlies them. http://t.co/AkQTidpOn6Simple, right? There's nothing WRONG with encouraging grit. It's just not as effective as building the growth mindset. Thanks, Tae!
— Dr. Tae (@DrTae) April 2, 2014