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What you will learn

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    Assess whether a hypothesis is good based on its characteristics
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    Describe the basics of research methodologies and design
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    Make use of best practices for research data collection
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    Utilize inferential statistics for data analysis

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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: Four weeks of study, 5-7 hours a week....

English

Subtitles: English

Instructors

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Image of instructor, Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D.

Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D. 

Director, ImpactED
Positive Psychology Center and Fels Insititute of Government
11,641 Learners
1 Course
Image of instructor, Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. 

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Positive Psychology Center
11,641 Learners
1 Course

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Planning for Research

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Angela Duckworth: Overview of Character3m
1.2 Hypothesis and Theories10m
Practitioner Interviews (1.2) Paddy Steinfort, Andrew Soren, David Meketon13m
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Character10m
1.3_Stages of the Research Process7m
Practitioner Interviews (1.3) Andrew Soren3m
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Grit7m
1.4_Validity4m
4 readings
True Grit: Trait-Level Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals Predicts Effectiveness and Retention Among Novice Teachers1h
Overview of the Research Process20m
Module Overview10m
Internal and External Validity: General Issues15m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 112m
Week
2

Week 2

8 hours to complete

Collecting Data

8 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 77 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Practitioner Interviews (2.1) David Meketon4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.1- Self-Discipline Study6m
Angela Duckworth: 2.1 All Measures are Imperfect1m
2.2 Quantitative Methods12m
Practitioner Interview (2.2) Paddy Steinfort4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Self-Control Measures19m
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Grit Measures2m
2.3 Qualitative Methods6m
Practitioner Interview (2.3) Andrew Soren4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.3 Qualitative Coding4m
7 readings
Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents25m
Module 2 Validity Overview10m
Grit Scale15m
BioData Measure of Grit10m
Self-Control Scale20m
Development and Validation of the Short Grit Scale (Grit – S)1h 30m
An Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Methods20m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz10m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Analyzing Data

6 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 61 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Angela Duckworth: 3.1 WOOP7m
Practitioner Interview (3.1) David Meketon5m
3.2 Descriptive Analysis9m
Practitioner Interview (3.2) Andrew Soren2m
Angela Duckworth: 3.2 Purpose & Grit5m
Inferential Statistics13m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Correlation1m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Effect Size1m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Growth Mindset1m
Practitioner Interview (3.3) Paddy Steinfort4m
5 readings
Lesson 1 Overview10m
Research Methods Knowledge Base: Analysis20m
Research Methods Knowledge Base: Descriptive Statistics25m
Research Methods Knowledge Database: Inferential Statistics15m
Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals25m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz10m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Using Research to Inform Your Work and the World Around You

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 62 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Angela Duckworth: 4.1 Deliberate Practice6m
Practitioner Interview: Andrew Soren and Paddy Steinfort8m
4.2_ The Anatomy of a Research Article10m
Angela Duckworth: 4.2 Grit and Other People5m
4.3_A Review of Validity8m
Angela Duckworth: 4.3 Grit & Parenting3m
Research: Angela Duckworth: Consequential Validity4m
Practitioner Interview: (4.3) Andrew Soren2m
5 readings
Becoming an Educated Consumer of Research: A Quick Look at the Basics of Research Methodologies and Design25m
How to Read a Research Study Article10m
Eavesdropping on Happiness30m
Grit20m
Participate in the World Well-Being Project (optional)20m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 410m
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Top reviews from Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

By RWDec 28th 2019

Though i have nightmares of research design from my undergraduate career, this puts a neat spin on it and reminds the sheer importance of it. Thanks for the reminder of what is important UPENN!

By HWJun 25th 2018

Claire you did an AMAZING job having me listen and absorb all about statistics, every class again.. I had never expected I could be so attached to a statistics class. Thank you very much.

About the Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

The University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman welcome you to Foundations of Positive Psychology. Our five-course specialization provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application. Course topics include • Positive Psychology: Martin E.P. Seligman’s Visionary Science with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions with Dr. James Pawelski • Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods with Dr. Angela Duckworth & Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft • Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills with Dr. Karen Reivich • Positive Psychology Specialization Project with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman...
Foundations of Positive Psychology

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