Scholars: “Grit” May Not Be Related to Creativity

Kiersten Marek:

Interesting new research on the lack of connection between grit and creativity. However, I do think in order to make it in most creative endeavors, you have to be persistent and have stamina to deal with failure.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

An article in Education Week reports on research about “grit” or perseverance at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Scholars reported that it had more bearing on academic outcomes than on creativity.

“Magdalena G. Grohman, the associate director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, argues that grittiness is not the end-all, be-all for student success. “When you look at it, these [areas studied by Ms. Duckworth] are well-defined areas and the rules for achievement are well-defined in those areas,” she said. “We know what to do to get good grades, what to do to stay in military school, and what to do to win in contests such as spelling bees. The rules are pretty clear on what the achievement is and what success is in these domains. But what about creative achievement?”

“In two separate analyses of…

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