Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Kelli R. Paquette

Second Advisor

Susan M. Sibert

Third Advisor

DeAnna M. Laverick


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.