Mar 20, 2017

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. 


When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. Our brain has enough plasticity meaning that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take, such as using good strategies, asking questions, practicing, and following good nutrition and sleep habits.

Studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When students have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, they are not afraid to fail therefore increasing their abilities and achievement. 

In a recent interview, Dr Dweck believes that as educators we should focus on the learning process and show how hard work, good strategies, and good use of resources lead to better learning. 


Fixed vs Growth Mindset




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