The impact of scientists' struggle stories on student grit
Stitt, Sarah Renee
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Perseverance for long term goals, otherwise known as grit, is an essential character trait for the progress of mankind. The ability to stick with a task and even find joy and passion in that task is not something that can easily be taught, yet it is critical nonetheless. This study aimed to prove that the character trait of grit could be improved through the presentation of famous scientists' struggle stories. Teachers read aloud four different biographies of famous scientists told in a way that highlighted the challenges and obstacles that these discoverers had to overcome before they were ever recognized for their work. Results were recorded through the use of a pre and post grit survey and a challenge problem. Students and teachers were interviewed for further evidence. The survey results were variable while the challenge problems and interviews demonstrated positive outcomes.