“How and Why to Develop Character” with Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

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Abstract: 

Aristotle defined character as the intentions and actions that benefit the individual and society at large. Character is not one thing—it’s many. In this talk, Character Lab Founder and CEO Angela Duckworth explains the importance of three different kinds of character strengths: Interpersonal strengths like gratitude enable harmonious relationships with other people. Intrapersonal strengths like grit and self-control enable achievement. Intellectual strengths like curiosity enable a fertile and free life of the mind. To develop any of these character strengths requires motivation, skill, and opportunity. Using grit as a case study, Duckworth shows how young people can learn both.

 

Bio:

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit, Character Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children thrive using psychological science. Dr. Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2018, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.

References: 

Park, D., Tsukayama, E., Goodwin, G. P., Patrick, S., & Duckworth, A. L. (2017). A tripartite taxonomy of character: Evidence for intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intellectual competencies in children. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 48, 16-27.  

Duckworth, A. L., & Meindl, P. (2018). Clarifying character education. Journal of Character Education, 14(2), 37-39. 

Duckworth, A. L. (2019). Using psychological science to help children thrive. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(1), 34-36. 

Park, D., Tsukayama, E., Goodwin, G. P., Patrick, S., & Duckworth, A. L. (2017). A tripartite taxonomy of character: Evidence for intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intellectual competencies in children. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 48, 16-27.  

Duckworth, A. L., & Yeager, D. S. (2015). Measurement matters: Assessing personal qualities other than cognitive ability for educational purposes. Educational Researcher, 44(4), 237-251.  

Almlund, M., Duckworth, A. L., Heckman, J., & Kautz, T. (2011). Personality psychology and economics. In E.A. Hanushek, S. Machin & L. Woessmann (Eds.), Handbook of the economics of education (Vol. 4., pp. 1-181). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 

Duckworth, A. L. (2009). (Over and) beyond high-stakes testing. American Psychologist, 64(4), 279-280.  

Borghans, L., Duckworth, A. L., Heckman, J. J., & ter Weel, B. (2008). The economics and psychology of personality traits. Journal of Human Resources, 43(4), 972-1059.  

 

 

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