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This paper reports the relationship between student grit, defined as the specific characteristic of perseverance and passion for long-term goals, and perceptions of team-based learning (TBL). In a cohort of first-semester, master’s level occupational therapy students (N=29), no statistically significant relationship between grit and positive perceptions of TBL was identified in this retrospective study. Findings suggest that students’ grit levels are not predictive of positive or negative TBL perceptions. For OT faculty wishing to teach using a less-structured "flipped” classroom environment such as TBL, this study suggests that high-performing students may have positive perceptions.


Ron Carson, OT, OTD, MHS, CLT has a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University. He is an associate professor at Adventist University of Health Sciences in the Department of Occupational Therapy and has more than 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist practicing in a variety of settings.

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