From grit and resilience to academic tenacity

Chathurika Kannangara, Rosie Allen, Jerome Carson

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In this chapter the authors start by providing an overview of the concept of resilience and then examine its relevance for the field of education, mainly in the University sector. They review the linked concept of grit and its relevance for education. They describe three studies they conducted on grit. Although these studies show the importance of the concept of grit for university students, the authors claim that in order to thrive at university, students need other attributes. In their “thriving versus languishing” model, they highlight the importance of strengths use, persistence in the face of difficulty, resilience, a growth mindset, self-control and mental wellbeing. They conclude by describing a measure that combines these attributes into a single scale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopaedia of Education
EditorsRobert J. Tierney, Fazal Rizvi, Kadriye Ericikan, Ian Wilkinson, Judy Parr
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
ISBN (Print)9780128186305
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • grit
  • resilience
  • tenacity
  • flourishing
  • positive psychology


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