Psych- L2 Major Assignment – Research Design: Strengths and Limitations Assignment.

Consider the concept of grit as discussed in the Positive Psychology Corner for Module 2. Read
this article: 5 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience. Your task is to design a
study that looks at whether setting tiny goals that align with your purpose increases grit.
Select a case study, naturalistic observation, survey, or archival research to study the
effectiveness of setting tiny goals that align with a person’s purpose to increase their grit.
Follow the eight steps below to write a 2-3 page paper (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point
Arial or Times New Roman font) in which you cite your textbook and the article as sources:

Organization for your Paper

Introduction: Explain what grit is and its general importance to students (provide an in-
text citation for any information you learned from the article).
Name and describe the research method (case study, naturalistic observation, survey, or
archival research) you will use to study whether or not people who set tiny goals that
align with their purpose develop more grit. Include in your description:
A brief description of how you will conduct the study such as what will need to be done,
what will be measured (HINT; you can use this grit scale to measure a study participant’s
grit). Include:
a. A description of the Independent Variable
b. A description of the Dependent Variable
A description of at least two strengths and two weaknesses of this research method
A description of the reliability of this research method
A description of the validity of this research method
After completing steps 1-6, read this paragraph about true experiments and explain the advantages and disadvantages of conducting a true experiment (to see if using small goals that align with your purpose will improve your grit) compared to your study described above.
Note on True Experiments: As described in your text, the most significant
difference between experimental research method and descriptive or correlational
studies is the random selection of research participants and the random
assignment to groups to remove the impact of confounding variables. Because we
cannot usually do this in real life, experimental research occurs in a lab or
controlled environment. However, because of the random selection and
assignment, scientists can then establish the statistical presence or absence of a
cause and effect relationship between two variables instead of just the presence or
absence of a correlation between them.

  1. Make sure you include in-text citations at the end of each sentence in which you used any
    ideas, information, or quotes from the textbook or the article. Then, provide a Reference
    section for your sources.
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