REBLOG: The Growth Mindset Problem

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”.


You can read the full essay here.


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5 thoughts on “REBLOG: The Growth Mindset Problem

  1. Alice Flarend says:

    My school is drinking the Growth Mindset Kool Aid without reading deep into the actual research ( or I guess the analogy would be the nutrition label). Thanks for this post.
    And I am looking forward to the book – any idea for a release date?


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