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University of Pennsylvania

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit and Research Methods

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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.


  • Planning for Research
  • Collecting Data
  • Analyzing Data
  • Using Research to Inform Your Work and the World Around You

Taught by

Claire Robertson-Kraft and Angela Duckworth


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  • This class is part of the specialization on positive psychology. It focuses on research methods for studying hypotheses in positive psychology. Considering the topic, this class fails to be engaging enough compared to other classes in this specialization.
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