Online course: Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods (this course is part of Foundations of Positive Psychology Line)

Dates: any time

Duration: 24 hours

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Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

Learners discover how apply to research methods to their study of Positive Psychology. In this course, we study with Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft. Through an exploration their work “True Grit” and interviews with researchers and practitioners, you develop a research hypothesis and learn how to understand the difference between internal and external validity. You also begin to understand and apply the strengths and weaknesses associated with different types of measurements and evaluation designs. You then interpret the results in an empirical study. Suggested prerequisites: Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science and Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions.



WEEK 1: 6 hours to complete

Planning for Research

1.1 Planning for Research: Angela Duckworth: Overview of Character
1.2 Hypothesis and Theories
Practitioner Interviews (1.2) Paddy Steinfort, Andrew Soren, David Meketon
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Character
1.3_Stages of the Research Process
Practitioner Interviews (1.3) Andrew Soren
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Grit

WEEK 2: 7 hours to complete

2.1 Collecting Data
Practitioner Interviews (2.1) David Meketon
Angela Duckworth: 2.1- Self-Discipline Study
Angela Duckworth: 2.1 All Measures are Imperfect
2.2 Quantitative Methods
Practitioner Interview (2.2) Paddy Steinfort
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Self-Control Measures
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Grit Measures
2.3 Qualitative Methods
Practitioner Interview (2.3) Andrew Soren
Angela Duckworth: 2.3 Qualitative Coding

WEEK 3: 6 hours to complete

Analyzing Data

WEEK 4: 5 hours to complete

Using Research to Inform Your Work and the World Around You

4.1_Using Research
Angela Duckworth: 4.1 Deliberate Practice
Practitioner Interview: Andrew Soren and Paddy Steinfort
4.2_ The Anatomy of a Research Article
Angela Duckworth: 4.2 Grit and Other People
4.3_A Review of Validity
Angela Duckworth: 4.3 Grit & Parenting
Research: Angela Duckworth: Consequential Validity
Practitioner Interview: (4.3) Andrew Soren

Full Line

This course is 1st module as part of Foundations of Positive Psychology Line: