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ERIC Number: EJ1201296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Refining Grit in Academic Performance: The Mediational Role of Psychological Capital
Luthans, Kyle W.; Luthans, Brett C.; Chaffin, T. Daniel
Journal of Management Education, v43 n1 p35-61 Feb 2019
Recent popular and academic attention is being given to the role that grit plays in important student outcomes. While gritty individuals are more likely to engage in deliberate practice and maintain commitment in the face of setbacks, what remains unclear are the cognitive processes linking grit and academic performance. Identifying the cognitive processes can play an important role in helping both students and educators apply grit in productive ways. The purpose of this study is to explore the mediational role that psychological capital (PsyCap) may play in the relationship between grit and student academic performance. Drawing from a sample (N = 176) of business students, the results indicate their PsyCap largely mediates the relationship between their grit and grade point averages. In other words, Academic PsyCap consisting of the psychological resources of hope, efficacy, resiliency, and optimism seem to help drive gritty students toward more successful academic performance. A discussion concerning the significance of these findings, as well as implications for management education, are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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