Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindset

I was reminded today of the importance of giving the right kind of praise to learners – especially young learners. Telling a learner they are good at something is just as bad as telling them they are not good – both reinforce what Professor Carol Dweck calls the ‘fixed mindset’.

I think this is one of the most important lessons for parents and teachers. Carol Dweck’s research on this is counter-intuitive. Every parent wants to be positive and give praise, we just need to be careful to give the right kind of praise – the kind that promotes the learning or ‘growth mindset’.

If you are a teacher, a parent or a grandparent and you haven’t already read ‘Mindset‘ then you should make it top of your list.

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  1. Tim

    Hi. I really enjoyed the video and share your thoughts on the importance of parents, teachers etc understanding growth mindset theory.

    I heard Dr Dweck speak at SLF 2 years ago and since then I have read her book and been trying to apply this when speaking to my children and the school children I work with.

    In fact, I started capturing ideas for activities that might be used to support a growth mindset and sharing them here http://www.dotrythisathome.com/about/ – you may find it of some interest.

    My earlier posts have more of a growth mindset focus to them, but your post today (and the video) have prompted me to return to that focus in future posts -so thanks for that.

    Regards,
    Tim