News | 19 Aug 2019

Growth Mindset – A snapshot


Carol Dweck, the most prominent researcher in this field, uses the terms Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset to describe people’s ideas or beliefs about intelligence. She describes the relationship between motivation, application and achievement. Her research indicates that when students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore, they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.

This chain of thinking is evident in students and adults with a Growth Mindset. Fixed Mindsets can change however, it takes time and effort. Neuroscience demonstrates that our brains are malleable and connectivity between neurons can change with experience demonstrating that our intelligence is not fixed.

What is Growth Mindset?
Growth Mindset is the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, perseverance, determination and motivation.

What is Fixed Mindset?
Fixed Mindset is the idea that intelligence and ability alone lead to success. People with Fixed Mindset believe that these things are fixed and cannot be developed or improved upon. They believe that you are either born with it or not, and nothing can change that.

Why Having a Growth Mindset is Important?
There is substantial research and evidence about Growth and Fixed Mindsets. It is believed that children with Fixed Mindsets are more likely to:

  • Fear failure
  • Give up on tasks they find too difficult
  • Ignore feedback
  • Avoid challenges
  • Feel threatened by the success of others

Children who have a Growth Mindset are more likely to:

  • Learn from their mistakes
  • Be motivated to succeed
  • Put more effort in
  • Take on challenges
  • Take risks
  • Seek feedback
  • Learn more
  • Learn faster

Parent resources:     Growth mindset online course  Books. Mindset Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D