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Grit and Learning Mindset in Graduate Health Professions Students

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Presented by:

Angela Hegamin, Western University of Health Sciences

Key Statement:

Research suggests grit and learning mindset are critical for academic success. What do these attributes look like in graduate health professions students? Come and see!


Grit, Growth Mindset, Learning Mindset


Grit and learning mindset may be important factors in students’ academic performance. First-year students at Western University of Health Sciences were sampled in a cross-sectional survey on these attributes (n=204 students, corresponding to a response rate of 19.2%). Respondents’ mean age was 26.16 (SD=4.16). Most students identified as female (67.5%), heterosexual (67.7%), white (37.0%), and single (86.7%). Female students exhibited better Grit-S scores (3.82 versus 3.56, p=0.0191); higher scores on the Incremental Self-Belief Subscale (3.14 versus 3.01, p=0.0055); more favorable learning mindset scores (2.04 versus 2.36, p=0.0083) and better Entity Self-Belief Subscale scores (1.71 versus 1.99, p=0.0373).

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Grit and Learning Mindset in Graduate Health Professions StudentsAngela Hegamin, Western University of Health Sciences
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Research suggests that by fostering grit and a growth mindset in students, academic performance may
improve. This study was undertaken as a preliminary step to future work, focusing on how grit and growth mindset affect academic performance in graduate health sciences students, specifically. We sought to determine the grit and growth mindset profiles of first-year Western University of Health Sciences students as a baseline for future research and programmatic planning. A brief survey consisting
of the Short Grit Scale and the Implicit Theory of Intelligence Scale was administered to first-year
students. Mean grit and growth mindset scores mirrored those of similar study samples. Small but
statistically significant differences in both grit and growth mindset were observed by select demographic
characteristics. What were these characteristics, and what future steps are planned for this research?
See our poster and visit with the presenter at her upcoming poster session in Austin.


1- Describe experimental and hands-on teaching in computer architecture
2- Explain the benefits of hands-on learning for a complex topic such as computer architecture.
3- Assess student success and summarize student attitudes and outcomes related to concept-understanding, self-learning, retention and teamwork.

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