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Positive Psychology

Character, Grit and Research Methods

This course is a part of Foundations of Positive Psychology , a 5-course Specialization series from Coursera.

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.
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Rating 4.1 based on 154 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort Four weeks of study, 5-7 hours a week.
Starts Sep 16 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $99
From University of Pennsylvania, Yale University via Coursera
Instructors Claire Robertson-Kraft, Angela Duckworth, Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D., Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., Robert Shiller
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science Business
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Business Personal Development Finance Economics Psychology

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research methods in 27 reviews

I really like how you combined research methods and design with the theory of grit.

This course explained research methods in the most "easily" understood I have ever experienced.

Reading material is in part low quality (notes by a student, containing errors; websites with a lot of ads, etc).Lessons regarding research methods are quite dry and maybe not extremely useful for non-researchers.

It's a good course, but it's heavily focused on the "research methods" part of the title, with a less intent focus on grit and, particularly, character.

Like some other students, I felt this course was heavily focused on research methods.

As well, the previous two courses made me think this would be follow suit, but the focus on research methods felt like it went in a different direction.

I appreciate that knowledge and am glad to have the awareness, but it felt a little artificial to come up with examples of how I'd employ research methods w a hypothesis of my own since I'm not a researcher nor do I want to be, and I'm not an undergrad or grad student any longer.As well, the really short videos of Angela lecturing were too short to have a lot of impact.

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positive psychology in 16 reviews

Unlike the other positive psychology courses I've taken on Coursera, this one seemed to lack focus and not be particularly helpful.

This course does not fit in well with the rest of the Positive Psychology Specialization...for that purpose it would be better to simply focus on grit.

My only reservation from a full-on 5 is that many of the activities required more of a research design/research science mindset than I was really prepared for given my interest in taking the course and specialization in positive psychology.

I took this course to understand how to apply Positive Psychology.

I'm learning about Positive Psychology for my own personal benefit, not because I want to do it for a living.

It should not be mandatory for someone interested in learning practical skills in well being and the basics of positive psychology.

One more step on the positive psychology ladder.

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angela duckworth in 11 reviews

Grit insights by Angela Duckworth are always fantastic.

Angela Duckworth needs to have a microphone that keeps on broadcasting while she turns her head.

present Angela Duckworth's work in week one, then present research methods in weeks 2, how to read research reports in week 3, then offer the applications to research in Positive Psychology in week 4.

Also the quality of the audio from the Angela Duckworth videos are not very good.

Angela Duckworth is amazing, she is an expert and example of Grit, thank you so much for your honesty and authentic search of meaning and purpose.

The character and grit part of the course also enhanced my level of perseverance as Dr. Angela Duckworth did her very spontaneous and casual way of imparting her knowledge and her research findings in these subjects.

The assignments and quizzes were fun and challenging and gave an opportunity to really test and apply all the knowledge that we acquired.I would have loved to learn a lot more from Angela Duckworth and felt her videos were too less and short.

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great course in 10 reviews

Great course!

Altough, I think a different level of interaction from both facilitators would be more interesting Such a great course!

Great course A good course, but it makes heavy weather of understanding research issues.

Also thanks to University of Pennsylvania and coursera for bringing this great course to us.

Great course...very informative.

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so much in 6 reviews

Great course, I love learning so much.

If I had realized this certification required me to learn so much about research methodology and practice, I would not have paid money to take it.

I learned so much.

Thank you so much to the whole team!

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introduction to research in 5 reviews

It's basically a simple introduction to research methodology and design, with an overview of quantitative and qualitative research and how to measure their quality (validity and reliability).

Good basic introduction to research methods form an academic perspective.

Very good slides which are well formulated and easy to understand Interesting and valuable mixing a knowledge of grit with a useful introduction to research methodology.

Provides an easy to understand introduction to research methods in the social sciences.

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Adjunct Professor, Graduate Psychology $47k

Positive Pay Specialist $48k

Research Professor, School of Psychology $50k

Chair, Psychology Department $53k

Assistant Professor of Psychology 2 $56k

Professor of Psychology; department chair $59k

Program Administrator, Positive Health Mnagement $62k

Professor of Psychology and Chair of Psychology Department $67k

Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology $73k

Dean of Faculty; Professor of Psychology $93k

Assistant Commonwealth Professor of Psychology $99k

Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology $131k

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Rating 4.1 based on 154 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort Four weeks of study, 5-7 hours a week.
Starts Sep 16 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $99
From University of Pennsylvania, Yale University via Coursera
Instructors Claire Robertson-Kraft, Angela Duckworth, Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D., Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., Robert Shiller
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science Business
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Business Personal Development Finance Economics Psychology

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