PSY 202 Week 3 DQ 2 Developing a Growth Mindset
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Developing a Growth Mindset [CLOs: 2, 3, 4]. 1st Post Due by Day 3.
View this video: Brain Research at Stanford: Mindsets
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Prepare: This discussion will examine your beliefs about your abilities and how your mindset can impact your success. Read Krakovsky’s article, The Effort Effect, and watch the video Brain Research at Stanford: Mindsets. These sources describe two types of mindsets: growth and fixed. Let’s look at an example:
Two Ashford University students talk about their first math course. Brooks states, “I’ve always been bad at math, and I know I will struggle to do well in this class.” Another student, Molly, says, “Math has not been my best subject in the past, but I am motivated and ready for this challenge and will do my very best!”
After earning a D in the course, Brooks states, “I knew I wasn’t going to do well in this class, and it didn’t help that I had a bad instructor and a confusing textbook.” Molly, on the other hand, received a B- in the course, saying to family and friends, “I studied hard for this class, took all of the practice quizzes, and knew my best efforts would pay off. I am very happy with the grade that I earned.”
Reflect: Analyze the example above, and consider which mindset (growth or fixed) each student demonstrates during their first math class. Now, reflect on your own beliefs about school and learning. Based on what you learned in the video and article, do you think your intellectual abilities are fixed or able to be developed? How does your mindset change as you approach different tasks?
Write: As you consider your own beliefs and mindset, address the following in your response: