Mindset: the new psychology of success
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Professor Carol Dweck

Mindset follows decades of research on achievement and success, a simple idea that Dweck claims makes all the difference. Dweck challenges the notion that our intelligence is fixed and immutable: she argues it is possible to improve intelligence through individuals’ application and effort.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are fixed traits and spend their time documenting their intelligence or talents instead of developing them. People with a fixed mindset believe that talent alone creates success, without effort. 

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

Dweck argues that teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the world of business, education, and sport.

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Professor Carol Dweck

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Taking a broad theory of people’s attitudes to learning, Mindset will interest those working on education policy. It will also interest professionals who wonder how they can help their pupils reach their potential. 


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On 9 May 2016, Peter Beare wrote:
This is a really interesting piece of research to particularly challenge the way we speak to children and consider the impact of our words. I could certainly relate it to my own experiences of education in areas where I was both stronger and weaker and how the way this was dealt with by teachers helped or hindered my progress. I know that friends I have spoken to about it have found it challenging them in their parenting too.
As a whole school approach with parents on board as well, this could have a real impact but even as a lone voice using it in the classroom it can challenge children's attitudes to learning and why making an effort matters.
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