Research | GripTape Molly Deaver 12:32 PM (24 minutes ago) to me
Through our work prior to and since founding GripTape, our team has heard from thousands of young people who express a deep, abiding desire to design, execute, and assess their own learning. And yet, far too often, these youth lack the resources, support, and decision-making control to pursue their passions.

GripTape is changing all of that. We operate with the resolute conviction that young people can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing decision-making authority into the hands of youth and designing alongside them to expand opportunities for young people to pursue their passions and chart their paths to success. What we see is surprising and powerful.

We use rapid, iterative cycles to develop, test, and refine our supports in service of learning and advancing the domain of learner agency. We aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of the skills, competencies, mindsets, and outcomes that develop when youth are given full control to drive their own learning. Our strong desire is that these efforts spur greater commitment to youth-led learning across all contexts in which young people participate, and we invite you to read our resources for a more in-depth look at our work.

Research

GripTape Learner Agency Framework

When youth have opportunities to drive their own learning, exercising learner agency, it leads to dramatic outcomes—the cultivation of mindsets, skills, and behaviors that are essential to success as adults.

Interim Learning Report

Our early research focused on defining the conditions needed to develop young people’s agency and self-direction over their learning. This present report extends our early findings with further lessons and nuance about the lasting outcomes GripTape youth experience...

Rural CO Learning Report

Since summer 2016, we’ve pushed aggressively to bring the Learning Challenge opportunity to greater numbers of youth each year. As part of these efforts, GripTape set out to support youth in rural communities and to learn how effective our approaches are here.

Annual Learning Report

Readers familiar with GripTape may have seen our previous findings on the transformative nature of the Learning Challenge. Youth gain self-confidence and a new fire for learning. They’re using skills like time-management and goal-setting and active...

Youth Researcher Challenge Learning Report

GripTape partnered with JFF to implement a youth-centered approach to original research. We brought together GripTape’s agentic model with JFF’s research expertise in a pilot of the Youth Researcher Challenge.

GripTape Learning Cycle 1 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside...

GripTape Learning Cycle 2 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside...

GripTape Learning Cycle 3 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside...