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Foundations of Positive Psychology ,

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 4.0 based on 236 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort Four weeks of study, 5-7 hours a week.
Starts Jul 3 (48 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

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.

I appreciate very much how highly valued understanding research methods was presented.

Although highly necessary, research methods is a dry subject.

Rather, the course appeared to have focused on Research Methods more.Anyone looking for Grit, may not like to take this course.

As I do not have a background in research methods this was exactly what I needed and covered lots of new terminology and what it all actually means.

I enjoyed the materials shared, I just did not like the quality of the recorded videos This is one of the hardest courses I've taken through this program, but have to say I walked away with a solid understanding of research methods.

Liked this course, Content was a good review of research methods.

Interlacing Grit and Research Methods was a very clever idea and resulted in much more palatable experience of the research methods content.

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positive psychology

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.

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.

The course loses the thread of Positive Psychology that is common to all the other courses in this specialization because of this scatter-shot approach to presenting the concepts.

The theory is very well organised and there is a focus on applied positive psychology with many real-life examples to illustrate the theory.

This course really pushed me to develop something concrete that i could research into within the domain of positive psychology.

I feel more confident going forward as a student of positive psychology, specifically reading and researching into my area of interest because of the tools and skill-sets introduced in this course.

Love all the courses in positive psychology.

I got to learn a lot about research in positive psychology and about how to conduct and consume research in general.

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angela duckworth

Grit insights by Angela Duckworth are always fantastic.

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

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.

Angela Duckworth's lectures were excellent and provided some theory to keep things interesting.

I am sorry but it was a big disapointment, I even bought the book from Angela Duckworth because the topic if very interesting to me very good course which could help you know how to design your research and basic knowledge about reattach, worth to learn.

This is helping me understand the dynamics of the teachers' environment and why they need the extra "zest" The only interesting part were the Angela Duckworth parts..All other aspects of the course were quite boring Though i have nightmares of research design from my undergraduate career, this puts a neat spin on it and reminds the sheer importance of it.

I wanted way more Angela Duckworth and way less Info on how to conduct an experiment.

Thank you Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr.Claire Robertson for introducing me to the concepts of statistics and research methods.

The rugged individual etc Angela Duckworth is simply incredible.

I LOVED Angela Duckworth classes, she is a really good professor.

I am very grateful for this course and great work of both ladies, professors Angela Duckworth and Claire Robertson-Craft.I wish you all the very best!

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introduction to research

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.

A comprehensive introduction to research methods.

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so much

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!

The foundations of this course required me to reach beyond my fear and complete this class and gain more confidence than I ever expected of myself!Thank You~ Although I did learn some interesting things, I found this course hard going.Claire talks much too fast on her videos......really hard to listen to.A lot of jargon that still remains unexplained or inadequately explained.Maybe the course could be split into two there is so much material.

Thank you so much for this great course.

By the time I started the next course, I had lost interest, thought I still plan to finish since I already invested so much time and some money.

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claire robertson-kraft

Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft did a very practical, simple yet comprehensive way of teaching research, and I now clearly understand and appreciate the essence of research.

I express my deep gratitude to Claire Robertson-Kraft for being such a wonderful teacher and also Angela Duckworth for sharing her amazing research experiences.

I think it was due to the excellent structure of the course, the vibrant teaching styles of both Dr. Claire Robertson-Kraft and Dr. Angela Duckworth, and the practitioner interviews that helped us to have clear views of concepts applied in different fields.

But I need to say that both Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D. and Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. are very good lecturers.

I appreciated very much Claire Robertson-Kraft's videos, as she is very well-structured and they were filmed in a good setting.

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other courses

The quality of the content text of links to other internet sites was subpar in comparison to the other courses in this series and not expected in a course for which a certificate is given.The rubrics for the assignments were nonexistent up front.

The other courses were much more rythmic.

It inspired me to conduct a research on well being parents and their parenting style It's a little more nuts and bolts of research that doesn't really interest me as much as some of the other courses.

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two courses

Also I managed to complete it eventually by reading, watching the video many times.Probably it can be divided into two courses.

It felt like they were trying to combine two courses into one (Character/Grit & Research Methods).

It thought it would be about Grit and the tools and methods to develop grit and what was found in the research, much like the previous two courses.

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Rating 4.0 based on 236 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort Four weeks of study, 5-7 hours a week.
Starts Jul 3 (48 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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