Chris Parr

Can college students cultivate a growth mindset?

Despite evidence to suggest the popular – and cheap – pedagogical intervention can transform the learning of school pupils, early research into college-age students has yet to prove the same, finds Chris Parr

Can college students cultivate a growth mindset?

How important is it for students to believe that they are capable of learning growth? This question feels particularly pertinent for those who come to college having to resit GCSE exams, perhaps multiple times. If a student sees intelligence as fixed and believes they are not capable of achieving above a certain level, this can become a real stumbling block.

It’s no surprise, then, that the concept of a “growth mindset” has had a huge take-up in colleges. The term was coined more than 20 years ago by Carol Dweck and Claudia Mueller (see box, below), who suggested that children with such a ...

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