There is a lot of research that suggests a growth mindset can be developed. This is done by helping students realise the brain isn’t a fixed entity, praising certain behaviours and the type of feedback you give. However, that is not to say it is easy. Far from it. Developing a growth mindset can take a lot of time and effort. It is not linear, meaning that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way. However, if managed correctly, having a growth mindset can make a significant difference in the lives of young people.
Very. One study showed that the type of praise parents gave to their children when they were 1-3 years old predicted if that child would have a growth mindset up to 5 years later. Likewise, another study found that how parents react to failure (do they view it as a chance to learn or as a negative judgement on their abilities) also impacted on the growth mindset of their children.
The more you can create a culture of growth and development the better. This means growth mindset isn’t something you do, it’s just part of your daily practice. This subtle and stealthy approach is one advocated by some of the leading growth mindset researchers.
Growth mindset is a psychological theory about how people learn best. One would hope that this learning would result in higher grades. Indeed a large scale study conducted by Carol Dweck (of over 160,000 students) found that growth mindset predicts grades across every socio-economic level. Another study of 1500 students found that combining a growth mindset and a sense of purpose intervention improved the likelihood of students completing Maths, English and Science courses. Finally, this study of 115 students found that students with a growth mindset went on to achieve higher grades.
The Sutton commissioned a study that found that students who received a growth mindset intervention made, on average, two months additional progress in English and Maths, though these results weren’t statistically significant, meaning they couldn’t say for sure. However a recent study failed to reproduce these results which suggests that more research is needed.
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