Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding Resiliency: The Relationship between USAFA Cadet Grit-S Scores and Cadet Development
by Stoddard, Justin R., Ph.D., University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2019, 263; 22615030
Abstract (Summary)

Life is filled with adversity and no one is excluded from experiencing setbacks, failures, and even catastrophes. But within all people is the potential to learn and bounce back from these experiences. Resiliency theory describes the promotive and protective factors individuals can use to process learn from setbacks and failures and to grow and bounce back from the disruptive adversities that may otherwise break us down. Using the Grit-S survey, which consists of a passion subscore and a resilience subscore, this study focuses on understanding the nature of resilience by analyzing survey responses from over 5,400 cadets from the United States Air Force Academy spanning over nine years. The quantitative analysis of the associations between Grit-S score, passion subscore, and resilience subscore and over 30 different cadet variables including background, current performance, and participation in USAFA teams and programs provided greater understanding into the cadet characteristics that were associated with their grit variable scores. Significantly associated variables unique to the military learning environment at USAFA were discovered and included performance in leadership development, athletics, and participation in a variety of activities and programs which build real-world life skills and present cadets with realistic challenges. The results confirm the statistically and practically significant associations between the grit variables and both academic and non-academic performance in several areas and also suggest there is considerable value in experiencing challenging scenarios outside the classroom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bingham, Andrea
Commitee: Taylor, Joseph, Witkowsy, Patricia, Morris, Phillip, Luedtke, Christopher
School: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Department: College of Education-Leadership, Research and Foundations
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy, Education philosophy
Keywords: Adversity, Cadets, Grit, Performance, Resilience, Resiliency
Publication Number: 22615030
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