YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

January 10, 2010
Dr. Carol Dweck

Dr. Carol Dweck

As I read through Dan Pink’s new book Drive, I was curious about his reference to Carol Dweck.  She is a Psychology professor at Stanford University who has written a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

Her research focuses on individuals’ mindsets and whether they are “fixed” or “growth” oriented.  I found her research particularly relevant to my students.

Basically students either think that their intelligence is a fixed, given trait, or that their intelligence is a result of their efforts and hard work.  Those students who think that their intelligence is fixed are unlikely to put themselves in a position where they might “fail”.  In other words, they are afraid to take risks that might put their intelligence in question.

But those students with a “growth” mindset are willing to take risks because that is the only way that their intelligence can grow.  What a beautiful trait for students!

And Dr. Dweck makes a great point in this video: Mentors must have a “growth” mindset!

Take some time to watch this 4 minute video, and then check out her homepage.  I think her findings will continue to have a deep impact on education.

Link to Video


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4 Responses to YouTube – “The Growth Mindset” for Students

  1. Phil
    March 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    It says the video is private… :/

    • March 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Sorry about that, they must have made it private recently.
      I replaced the video and the link with another overview of Dr. Dweck. Enjoy!

  2. February 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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  3. Lesson Upgrades
    January 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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