Fixed on a Growth Mindset?

Researchers like Peter DeWitt warn against having a fixed mindset when it comes to cultivating a growth mindset in class. For example, many instructors are at risk of falling into the trap of equating a growth mindset with effort. However, putting forth effort is just one facet of this mindset; students must also learn from gaining input from others and trying out different strategies to correct mistakes. DeWitt discusses his research in “The Problem With Having a ‘Growth Mindset.'”

Research finds that 40-50% of the time students make mistakes, their instructors correct them (DeWitt). So, instead of allowing students to face hardship and learn from struggling through the problems to get to the right answers, instructors sometimes give their students the answers.

Have you seen these mistakes being made when trying to cultivate a growth mindset in students? Do you think there are other common mistakes? Let us know in the comments!

Check out the original Education Week post here.

DeWitt, Peter. “The Problem With Having a ‘Growth Mindset.'” Opinion: Finding Common Ground. Education Week, 6 Dec. 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.

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