The Parental Alliance for Choice in Education blogged about the flaw in Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler’s research on December 13th, 2016 http://wp.me/pateI-K5. Dweck and Boaler were forwarded the critique and invited to respond. No replies have been received.
Carol Dweck is obviously feeling the heat as evidenced here http://mindsetscholarsnetwork.org/growth-mindset-firm-foundation-still-building-house/
It seems to have escaped the attention of the author of Scenes from the Battleground.
Earlier this month, an article on the Guardian website told us the following:
Schools and teachers across the world have embraced Carol Dweck’s theory of growth mindset in the hope of helping students to fulfil their potential. Popular strategies include tweaking the way teachers give feedback, encouraging self-reflection through questioning and, crucially, praising processes instead of natural ability.
But many educators feel they could be doing more. A recent survey found that 98% of teachers believe that if their students have a growth mindset it will lead to improved student learning, but only 20% of them believe they are good at fostering a growth mindset and 85% want more training and practical strategies.
This seems to suggest the idea of Growth Mindset is well-established within schools. Is it a fad that’s as disreputable as Brain Gym? Probably not, but I couldn’t resist putting that in the title after…
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