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ERIC Number: EJ1107756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
How Does Grit Impact College Students' Academic Achievement in Science?
Bazelais, Paul; Lemay, David John; Doleck, Tenzin
European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v4 n1 p33-43 2016
Research has suggested that achievement is not solely based on the cognitive abilities of the learner, but rather on the combination of cognitive ability and personality traits. This paper explores how grit affects student academic performance and success in first-year college physics students in the context of a Quebec Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP). Two hierarchical linear regressions were performed using scores on a 12-item 5- point Likert scale survey measure of Grit on student cumulative GPA and on final exam mark for a gateway physics course, controlling for gender and high school GPA. Prior academic performance was found to be a significant predictor of college performance, as well as success in the gateway physics course. Grit was not found to be a significant predictor of student academic achievement or course success.
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Persistence, Individual Characteristics, Physics, Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, STEM Education, Gender Differences, High School Students, Grade Point Average, Tests, Scores, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Likert Scales, Multiple Regression Analysis
European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. Eastern Mediterranean University, Farnagusta, TRNC, Mersin 10, Turkey. e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.scimath.net
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada