Classroom fad or fix? Growth mindset goes under the microscope

What is it? Growth mindset is Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck's theory that learners need to move away from the belief that skills are innate and unchanging – a "fixed mindset". Instead, the thinking goes, students must move towards a "growth mindset", where they believe their capabilities and skills can be developed through effort and...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Sugata Mitra

Best known for: In 1999 Mitra carried out a series of Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiments about children's learning. The first experiment involved children being given free access to a computer embedded in a wall between his office and a Delhi slum. The experiment aimed to prove that children could easily learn from computers without any formal trai...
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A beginner's guide to Professor Rose Luckin

Who is she? Often described as the Dr Who of artificial intelligence (AI) in education, learning scientist Professor Rose Luckin believes that the teaching provided by schools and universities will fundamentally change over the next two decades as a result of AI, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Quick facts:   Born: Nation...
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Classroom Fad or Fix? The many sides of mixed-ability grouping

What is it? The process of putting students into classes that have a mix of abilities, rather than streaming them into sets alongside others of a similar attainment level. The practice is still quite rare in England's schools (both primary and secondary), with most leaders opting for the more traditional approach of setting by ability, particularly...
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A beginner's guide to Professor Viviane Robinson

Where does she work?  Robinson is currently a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, and academic director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She is also a visiting professor at the London Institute of Education. She gained her PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1976. Quick facts: Nationa...
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