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Develop Growth Mindsets
increase their intellectual abilities, they did better.
nguishing over how and where industry
Finally, we found that having children focus on
can get workers for hundreds of thousands
the process that leads to learning (like hard work
of STEM-related jobs now and in the
or trying new strategies) could foster a growth
future has become almost an obsession for
mindset and its benefits."
me. Really. But then, I sense that some of you may
In Dweck's opinion, however, a growth mindset
be similarly preoccupied. And why not? Rarely a
isn't just about effort. That's a common misconcepday goes by without reading or hearing some news
tion. While effort is certainly a significant factor in
story or first-person account about the current or
achievement, it's not the only thing. As she put it,
projected impact that the technical-skills gap poses
"Students need to try new strategies and seek input
for operations-or experiencing it for ourselves.
from others when they're stuck. They need this
Writing in these pages almost 10 years ago,
repertoire of approaches-
contributing editor Bob
not just sheer effort-to
Williamson was spot on
learn and improve."
when he predicted that this
An example of her
workforce crisis would grow
referenced "input from
others" is shown in a short
much worse-before it got
and sweet, yet thoughtbetter. Alas, despite the
provoking, graphic in the
efforts of many people, instiResearch has shown that students'
Education Week article. It
tutions, organizations, and
mindsets, (i.e., how they perceive
sums up several ways to
businesses the world over,
their abilities), play a key role in their
encourage students using
we're still sucking wind.
motivation and achievement. Imagine
a "growth" versus "fixed"
Based on my own
the effect that can have on a child's
mindset vernacular. As
experience as a mother and
interest in STEM-related educational
many of us have learned,
grandmother, I've often
and career pursuits.
how we "say" things is of
written that capturing the
enormous importance with
hearts and minds of children
young people. All adults
early on with regard to
(parents, educators, employers, and others) would
STEM pursuits-in elementary school, if not
be wise to take this advice to heart.
earlier-is crucial. In my ongoing hunt for informaFor instance, saying to a fifth-grader who might
tion to back up that opinion, I recently stumbled
be struggling with a long-division problem, "Not
on an online Education Week (edweek.org) article
everyone is good at math, just do your best," isn't
by Carol Dweck, published in print as "Growth
helpful from a growth-mindset perspective. A more
Mindset, Revisited." It's a good read.
effective approach would be to say, "When you
In this piece, Dweck, the author of Mindset: The
learn how to do a new kind of problem, it grows
New Psychology of Success, (Ballantine Books, 2007)
your math brain."
referred to her past research that found students'
I urge you to read the entire Dweck article for
mindsets, i.e., how they perceive their abilities, play
yourself, and adopt a "growth-mindset" stance
a key role in their motivation and achievement.
when it comes to any students in your life. MoreThis research also found that changing their mindover, please encourage others, including those who
sets could boost students' levels of achievement.
educate our children, regardless of age, to do so as
"More precisely," Dweck wrote, "students who
well. Carol Dweck wrote that she and her colleagues
believed their intelligence could be developed (a
are on a "growth-mindset journey." We all should
growth mindset) outperformed those who believed
join her. MT
their intelligence was fixed (a fixed mindset).
And when students learned through a structured
program that they could 'grow their brains' and
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