Practice Category: Growth Mindset Culture

A growth mindset is the belief that abilities are malleable and can be improved with effort, feedback, and using effective strategies for learning. In contrast, a fixed mindset is the belief that abilities are innate. When instructors convey a growth mindset about intelligence to students, students are found to experience less identity threat and perform better academically. Although students perceive these beliefs, research shows that these perceptions are quite accurate when compared to instructors’ self-reported beliefs. In this section you will find practice recommendations designed to communicate an instructor growth mindset.


Authors: Krysti Ryan, Katie Boucher, Christine Logel, Mary Murphy.

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