Grit

by

Angela Duckworth

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David Yeager Character Analysis

David Yeager is a developmental psychologist who studies adolescent behavior. Duckworth cites his research showing how students perform better in school when they feel a sense of interest and purpose in their schoolwork, as well as when they receive wise (supportive and demanding) feedback from teachers. This research shows how parents and teachers can create an optimal learning environment for teenagers to start building grit.
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David Yeager Character Timeline in Grit

The timeline below shows where the character David Yeager appears in Grit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Purpose
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...if they’re both interested in their jobs and invested in helping others. Similarly, developmental psychologists David Yeager and Matt Bundick have found that young people with both selfish and other-oriented interests find... (full context)
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Duckworth concludes with three psychologists’ recommendations for “cultivating a sense of purpose” at any age. David Yeager suggests reflecting on the purpose of one’s current work, while Amy Wrzesniewski suggests “job crafting,”... (full context)
Chapter 10: Parenting for Grit
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...more in class, and feel happier when their teachers are both supportive and demanding. Similarly, David Yeager and Geoff Cohen ran an experiment by returning some students’ graded essays with a post-it... (full context)