Mindset - Carol Dweck

Reading Circle Description

Last year, members of the advising community at GVSU were invited to participate in a Reading Circle sponsored by the Academic Advisor Professional Development Committee.  The featured book was: Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success – a simple idea that makes all the difference.  Mindset explains:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
  • What all CEOs, parents, teachers, and athletes know

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  Virtually all great people have had these qualities.  In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits.  Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.  It enhances relationships. For additional information, visit Mindset Works.

The Reading Circles focused, in part, on how to increase a growth mindset in students.




Carol Dweck's Mindset website: https://mindsetonline.com/index.html

Carol Dweck revisits the 'Growth Mindset,' Education Week commentary, October 2, 2015

A helpful summary infographic published by Dan Erwin on the HR Blog, BlogNotions 



The Power of Believing That You Can Improve - TED Talk - Carol Dweck (10 min.)

A Study on Praise and Mindsets - overview of Dweck's work by Trevor Ragan (5 min.)

Mindsets: Understanding Motivation and Achievement - Carol Dweck (55 min. presentation)



The Incredible Benefits of a Get Better Mindset - Heidi Grant Halvorson (25 min. presentation)

Project for Education Research that Scales - Stanford University initiative whose website highlights a Mindset Kit, a free set of online materials related to mindsets. 


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