Jack’s Research Topic Sandbox

Synthesizing Diverse Perspectives

When it comes to the topic of grit, most readily agree that grit is the key predictor of successful people. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of the best way to teach and learn the skill of grit. While some are convinced that learning grit through gaming is the best strategy, others believe that a good strategy has yet to be developed.

From Topic to Significance

  1. I am trying to learn about different games abilities to teach grit
  2. because I want to find out what parts of a game allow for the development of grit and how those ideas can be applied to reality
  3. in order to help my reader understand why gaming is so important to modern day education.


I think that my topic has developed a lot during this class period. I think that the most productive activity was the Research Topic: Invention through Collaboration. I got a lot of feedback on different questions I could consider and it sparked my interest in certain subjects. The research question I had by the end of class which I am still planning on slimming down is “what is the importance of failure in the development of a grittier mind and how games like Dark Souls III offer the ideal platform for productive failure.” Once I get a little further into my topic, I hope that my research question will become a little more specific to one target area, but for now I want to look into what is going to give me the best results.

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3 Responses to Jack’s Research Topic Sandbox

  1. Christine Alfano says:

    I’m glad that the activities were useful for you! In starting to think about audience, I think you’re going to need to start by defining grit and why it is important (I know that the significance in your second activity was related to the importance of gaming, but I think that they’re connected). We’ll be doing more invention activities that ask you to think about audience, so with any luck those will also be useful to you in getting more clarity about how to best proceed with making a persuasive claim about this topic.

  2. jherkert says:

    Over the weekend I looked into my sources a little bit more as well as found a few additional sources. One of the sources I found is about an AI bot that was developed for Dota 2. The bot learned how to play the game by continually playing itself and learning what is good and bad developing it’s strategy through constant failure. I think that this source will be very useful to my subject, because it shows the importance of learning from your mistakes from a gaming perspective. I also think that this source will be very useful because Dota 2 is a game that I have spent a lot of hours playing and I can give my own personal opinions on the subject. I also over the weekend looked more into the sources that I used for my TiC. I’ve started to be able to narrow my research question down a lot. I want to try to focus the side of grit that talks about possessing the ability to be able to bounce back from your mistakes and failures. I think that a lot of my sources talk about the importance of resilience and I think that through my personal experiences and information that I have collected, I will be able to write a strong research paper about grit. I still want to spend a little bit of time talking about how aspects of gaming could start to be implemented into society because I think that is an important side of my argument.

  3. Christine Alfano says:

    The introduction of the term “resilience” in relation to grit gives more nuance to your approach and, I think, will help a broader audience get a sense of what you’re interested in here. It’s great that you found the Dota 2 example. Don’t be afraid to draw on other game examples, even if scholarly texts don’t mention them. Just back up your use of these examples with screenshots or evidence from screencasts of gameplay. Keep going with this!

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