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ERIC Number: EJ1139399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Helping First-Year Students Get Grit: The Impact of Intentional Assignments on the Development of Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance
Olson, Joann S.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v29 n1 p99-118 Spr 2017
College student persistence is of the most challenging issues currently facing higher education. This study is an exploration of grit, tenacity, and perseverance as demonstrated by 43 first-year students at a small, teaching-intensive university in South Texas in response to two required exercises assigned in a first-year seminar. Student assignments showed all three of these characteristics, with some differences between first-generation college students and non-first-generation college students. Further analysis revealed themes of engaging with the assignment, evidencing grit, persevering past hurdles, and understanding what was learned. The study suggests that intentional assignments in a first-year seminar class can facilitate the development of grit, tenacity, and perseverance. Implications for first-year seminar instructors are presented.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
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