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About Growth Mindset Theory

          The growth mindset theory was established by the psychologist Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success and coauthor of numerous research articles on growth mindset.  In her writings, she asserts that a growth mindset is a belief that ability and intelligence can be developed.  On the other hand, a fixed mindset is the belief that ability and intelligence cannot be changed.  Some tendencies of a person with a growth mindset include learning from failure, embracing challenges, working hard, and learning from the successes of others.  Characteristics of having a fixed mindset are being embarrassed by failure, avoiding challenges, a lack of persistence, and a need for achievement to appear smart or talented.

          Research shows the positive effects of having a growth mindset.  Check out the "Research" tab above to read the many studies suggesting that a growth mindset is correlated with higher achievement than a fixed mindset.  However, this research is not meant to condemn those with a fixed mindset.  Just as this theory proposes that ability is not fixed, many studies suggest that a growth mindset can be learned, even at a very young age.  The children's books in the "Children's Literature" tab above can be used as tools to help teach children how to have a growth mindset.  Click there to find out how.  

Tendencies of people with a... 

Growth mindset

Fixed mindset

Believes ability can be developed

Believes ability cannot be developed

Learns from failure

Fears failure

Embraces challenges

Avoids challenges


Lacks persistence

Learns from the success of others

Jealous of the success of others

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Abigail Bates

The creation of this LibGuide serves as my Honors Project.  I worked in conjunction with Dr. Colleen Boff and Dr. Tim Brackenbury.