Why does growth mindset matter?
Students with a growth mindset tend to see struggle as a natural part of getting better at something. When they encounter something they can’t yet do, they increase their effort, try new strategies, and end up learning more. Research shows that a growth mindset predicts increased academic achievement and can help narrow achievement gaps.
Observing growth mindset
Though students with growth mindset view challenge as an important part of learning, it doesn’t mean that students “just need to put their heads down and work harder.” Instead, students with a growth mindset see many ways to grow their abilities. They can recognize when they need help, and seek out new strategies. A student with growth mindset might:
- ask the teacher to demonstrate a new way to do a math problem
- volunteer answers in class even when unsure
- ask a question even if might seem basic
- seek out problems that will push them, rather than problems that stay safely within their comfort zone
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Research articles about growth mindset
Parents’ views of failure predict children’s fixed and growth intelligence mind-sets Psychological Science, 27(6), 859–869. Haimovitz, K., & Dweck, C. S. (2016) The origins of children's growth and fixed mindsets: New research and a new proposal Child Development. Haimovitz, K., & Dweck, C. S. (2017)