By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Lately high school counselors and college admissions officers have heard the same word over and over… “grit,” described by some researchers as overcoming challenges and learning from mistakes or as one administrator put it, “fire in the belly.”READ MORE: Preparations Underway For The Salute To America Independence Day Parade In Philadelphia
The interest in grit stems from recognition that test scores and grade point averages don’t tell the whole story of an applicant…that non-cognitive skills might tell why students succeed or fail.
Angela Duckworth, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, developed a “grit scale,” that deals with diligence, goal completion and dealing with setbacks… that those who display grit “perform beautifully in highly challenging situations where dropout is likely.”READ MORE: Suspect Arrested Following Fatal Stabbing In Wissahickon: Philadelphia Police
Although some think the measure is too soft or subjective, schools and non-profit organizations are beginning to use it without abandoning traditional measures, which aren’t at odds.
Duckworth believes effort, confusion, and boredom are hard…but hard isn’t the same as can’t.”MORE NEWS: Chick-Fil-A Earns Top Spot For Customer Satisfaction In America For Eighth Straight Year: Report
Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education.