Predicting Teacher Effectiveness through Grit and Resilience

  • Muhammad Akram University of the Punjab
Keywords: Teacher evaluation; instructional planning and strategies; teacher effectiveness; grit; resilience; Consistency of Interest; Consistency of Effort


Teacher evaluation is a formal and systematic process of identifying effective teachers. Effective teachers are required to demonstrate accurate subject matter knowledge, use effective teaching strategies, and meet the accountability standards. The purpose of the present study was to predict teacher effectiveness score through grit and resilience. Grit is a commitment, passion, and determination to accomplish long-term goals. Resilience is capability to bounce back in facing adversities or uncertain situation. Using the multistage sampling technique, 2270 public high school teachers (1260 male and 1010 female) from 60 public high schools (30 male and 30 female) in 3 districts of province Punjab (Lahore, Okara, and Sargodha) were randomly selected. One Questionnaire—Teacher Self-Assessment Instrument for Teacher Evaluation (SITE) was adopted, while the questionnaires on Grit and Resilience were adapted and pilot tested accordingly. The overall reliability of each questionnaire was found to be high (SITE, α=.94; Grit, α=.84; and Resilience, α=.82). Significant moderate positive correlations were found between factors of teacher effectiveness and grit and resilience. Based on simple linear regression analysis, the Grit explained 49% of variance in teacher effectiveness score, while Resilience predicted 41 % of variance in teacher evaluation score. Multiple regression analysis showed that grit and resilience combined to predict 56% of variance in teacher effectiveness score. Implications include using teacher self-assessment for formative assessment purposes such as feedback and improvement.