Carl Hendrick, Paul’s partner in crime in a new forthcoming book How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice wrote an eloquent and nuanced blog about mindset.
In the blog he, among other things, notes that most recent evidence suggests that growth mindset interventions are not the wonder potion of student learning that many of its proponents claim it to be.
He shows how growth mindset seems to be a viable construct in the lab, but when administered in the classroom via targeted interventions, doesn’t seem to work at scale. In his words,
“Perhaps growth mindset works best as a philosophy and not an intervention [and that] the best way to achieve a growth mindset might just be not to mention the growth mindset at all”.