Tomorrow night [June 5, 9 PM ET] I’m giving a webinar on growth mindset at the Global Math Department. It’s title is What does the latest research say about growth mindset?Technology permitting, it’ll be recorded for later viewing/listening.
Here’s the session description:
Growth mindset is an active area of research, and new results and tests of the theory are constantly coming in. Come to this webinar to learn some highlights of this research, including some new controversies and subtleties. Here are some of the questions we’ll discuss: Do adults grow new neurons? How much of an impact do growth mindset interventions have? And, most importantly, what is the relationship between growth mindset interventions and teaching math for a growth mindset? You’ll leave this webinar with new questions about how mindset impacts teaching.
(Not sure if we’ll get to the adult neurogenesis stuff. If you’re interested, check this piece out.)
It occurred to me that some people might appreciate a list of readings in advance of the talk. (Reading anything in advance is totally optional. One of my jobs at this webinar is to help you get a sense for what these papers say.)
Here are some of the readings that I’m looking at while preparing for this session. Enjoy and discuss!
This is from 1988, but it’s a blockbuster paper by Dweck that’s a great place to start for thinking about what mindset means and represents in Dweck’s original research:
This one from 2018 and is the first major, new paper that we’ll talk about in the webinar. The link is to a gated version, and (ignoring illegal avenues like sci-hub) I haven’t been able to find a pre-print or draft to share. You can see some figures and discussion of the paper on twitter.
How exactly is mindset supposed to work for Dweck and the mindset researchers she works with? This paper by two of her research collaborators does a great job making explicit the assumptions that are necessary for mindset theory to have significant impacts on students from short interventions.
And what have Dweck and her collaborators been up to lately? They’ve been studying online versions of their mindset interventions that allow for more robust testing [e.g. they don’t depend on the researchers, they test the impact of the intervention in many different locations, they can more easily run true experiments instead of going dumpster diving in data, they can have a larger number of participants, and they can pre-register their studies since they aren’t relying on extensive collaboration between researchers and teachers]. It also tests the viability of moving growth mindset up to scale. Some of these studies aren’t yet published (e.g. this), but some of them are. (See this this and this.)
Here’s a paper published in 2015 that gives a taste of this research program and relates to the 2018 preprint that made headlines, but is currently unavailable as it undergoes revision.
Anything else you think we should add? What thoughts or questions do you have about all this mindset stuff?