Assessing and Nurturing Grit and Self Reflection in Undergraduate and Graduate Students


Recent literature in higher education has shown there is a need to assess non-cognitive skills of perspective learners in order to predict success. By improving resilience, educators may be able to help struggling students succeed. Workshop participants will receive concrete guidance on how to assess and nurture two such non-cognitive skills: self-reflection and grit. The session will begin with an overview of the research on these two constructs and their impact on student success. Participants will be introduced to the Grit Scale and the Reflection-In-Learning Scale as a means of assessing these skills. The presenters will discuss how the faculty in a graduate program use these assessments to track at-risk students and as a template for faculty advising. Within the context of a case study, small groups of participants will apply the information and brainstorm how to mentor a student through the identification of areas of weakness. By the end of the session participants will develop a plan to incorporate these assessments and mentoring strategies at their institutions to improve the resilience of their students.

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Katherine Wilford, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, United States
Hazel Anderson, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, United States

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Posted by James Alexander Gordon