Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Kelli R. Paquette

Second Advisor

Susan M. Sibert

Third Advisor

DeAnna M. Laverick

Abstract

Grit is a two-factored, non-cognitive skill including perseverance and passion. Grit is quantified through the grit-S survey, which measures an individual’s degree of grit. Higher degrees of grit have a positive influence on life success. Teachers have an influence on student achievement. The current mixed-methods study explored the influence of teacher grit on student grit and student achievement by utizing the grit-S survey, classroom observations and teacher interviews. Although this current study revealed no statistically significant connection between teacher grit and student grit, there was a statistically significant negative correlation between the scores within the factor of perseverance. Implications, recommendations for professional practice and suggested research studies to further the extension of this research.

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