Believe and You Can Achieve? Researchers Find Limited Gains from Growth Mindset Interventions
May 29, 2018
By: Jenny Abamu
Despite all the promise surrounding “growth mindsets”—the idea that encourages students to see intelligence as something that can be nurtured and developed, as opposed to something that is fixed and innate—researchers are sounding the alarm bell. They say the intervention, at least as currently applied in today’s classrooms, isn’t shifting the needle on academic achievement.
So why do so many studies tout the transformative power of developing a growth mindset? And what factors need to be in place for these interventions to work? Professors from Case Western Reserve University took on these questions in a meta-analysis published last week in the Psychological Science Association Journal.