Growth Mindset – Common Misunderstandings

Posted in SSZ Briefings  ·  July 5th 2016

Growth Mindset – Common Misunderstandings

Growth Mindset – Common Misunderstandings

A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities, such as intelligence, can change. It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners.
Over the last year or two, people around the world have started to take an interest in growth mindset, first promoted by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck.
Recently, Eduardo Briceño, the CEO and co-founder of Mindset Works in California, wrote a corrective to some of what he describes as confusions and misunderstandings that have arisen about GM.  In his article (1), he summarises some common confusions and offers some reflections.  Please see above  summary graphic of what he says.

Growth Mindset & Challenge

Growth mindset leads people to take on challenges they can learn from, to find more effective ways to improve, to persevere in the face of setbacks, to learn from mistakes and to make greater progress, all of which many would agree we need to further cultivate in education.
Furthermore, says Briceño, there is evidence that the benefits of growth mindset are most pronounced for people who face negative stereotypes, such as undeserving minorities and girls in maths, science and STEM subjects, and as a result growth mindset efforts can narrow the achievement gap.
(1) Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions, Eduardo Briceño, Mindshift, 16 November 2015
CLICK HERE to read his article in full.


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