- Oct 4, 2002
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New research suggests the "growth mindset" strategy favored by some educators to improve student performance hasn't lived up to its promise—resulting in time and effort dedicated to growth mindsets in the classroom without meaningful gains in grades or test scores.
New research suggests the "growth mindset" strategy favored by some educators to improve student performance hasn't lived up to its promise...
More than 30 years ago, noted psychologist Carol Dweck proposed that students with a growth mindset—those who believe their intelligence can "grow" with effort—focus more on learning, work hard, seek challenges and are resilient to setbacks...
Study authors with a financial incentive to report positive effects--such as those employed by a company that sells growth mindset interventions--were more than twice as likely to report positive effects;
Financial incentives also appeared to influence which results were published and which were not. In one study, thousands of students whose academic achievement suggested the growth mindset intervention was ineffective were discarded from the main results pre-publication;
Many growth mindset interventions couldn't demonstrate they changed students' beliefs about intelligence--the intervention's primary aim;
Of the interventions that did change students' mindsets, there was no observable impact on academic achievement. This suggests that a student's mindset might not mean much when it comes to performing well in school...