Is a ‘Growth Mindset’ a Fundamental Right for Learners?

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One of the aims of Project Based Learning is to foster growth mindsets. According to Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, people with growth mindsets

“believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

In contrast people with fixed mindsets

“believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort”.

In this great TED Talk she explains the physical changes that take place within the brains of children with growth mindsets. She describes how growth mindsets are fundamental to learning and success and states that a growth mindset should be a fundamental right for all learners.

It is hard to argue against this statement which prompts us as teachers what we are doing to encourage growth mindsets in our learners? It may also provoke us to ask if we possess growth mindsets ourselves – although as readers of this blog I suspect I know the answer.

The quotes above are taken from Carol Dweck’s website where you can find more information about her ideas of mindsets.

Here is a very nice summary and practical summary of some of Dweck’s ideas from the Teacher’s Toolbox website.

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