Researchers have found that outstanding performance entails not only innate talent but also focused practice and effort over time. Because college students must simultaneously strive for academic achievement and prepare for a future career, we tested 253 students to examine the effects of grit and deliberate practice on academic achievement and career attitudes in a Korean context. Results showed that grit was associated with higher grades, and that this relationship was mediated by deliberate practice. Grit was a significant predictor of career preparation behavior and major-career relatedness when academic year and the Big Five personality characteristics were controlled for. With this study, we have contributed to the expertise literature by clarifying how grit influences college students’ academic achievement and career-related attitudes.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Suran Lee, Graduate School of Education, Baekseok University; Young Woo Sohn, Department of Psychology, Yonsei University. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant, funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2013S1A5A2A01018996). Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Young Woo Sohn, Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, Yonsei-ro 50, Seoul 03722, People’s Republic of Korea. Email: email@example.com
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- Social Psychology