You have probably also encountered those students who, when faced with failure, reflect, take a different approach to the challenge and persevere. They understand that they just haven't succeeded YET. They understand that with reflection and practice there is a very good chance that eventually they will succeed.
Carol Dweck would refer to the first example as a fixed mindset and the second is a growth mindset. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that abilities are fixed...you are good at something or you are not. Persons with a Growth Mindset tend to view abilities as progressive. They try, reflect, adapt and try again with the belief that they will keep improving and eventually succeed. This is a trait that many innovators and problem-solvers possess. It is one that employers seek out.
Can a mindset be altered? Can an individual with a fixed mindset develop a growth mindset? Studies conducted by Mindsetworks, founded by Carol Dweck, suggest we can indeed change a person’s mindset from fixed to growth, and when we do, it leads to increased motivation and achievement. In a study in which seventh graders were divided into one group that received memory training and a second group which were given training in growth mindset the first group continued to show declining grades, but the growth-mindset group showed a clear rebound in their grades.
Growth Mindset is not directly addressed in British Columbia’s redesigned curriuculum but is a good fit with he Personal Awareness and Responsibility Competencies which include self-determination and self-regulation.
In exploring Growth Mindset I discovered a wealth of resources that explain and illustrate Growth MIndset. I curated them in a Symbaloo lesson. Curious to learn more? Click on the link and let the journey of discovery begin!
MindsetWorks (nd) Decades of Scientific Reserach that Started a Growth Mindset Revolution. Retrieved 21 January 2017 from https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/
British Columbia MInistry of Education. (2017) Personal Awareness and Responsibility Competency. Retrieved 21 January 2016 from https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/PersonalAwarenessResponsibilityCompetencyProfiles.pdf