Term

Spring 4-23-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Brien Getten

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Tisha Coen

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was: How do mindset interventions affect 6th grade students' mindsets? Students in a 6th grade middle school setting were participants in a series of mindset interventions that took place over eight weeks during science class. Surveys, student work samples, and anecdotal notes demonstrated that mindset interventions increase growth mindset in 6th grade students. The research had several unexpected results which included: 1) mindset interventions increased students' knowledge about brain structure and function; 2) mindset interventions caused an increase in use of students' problem-solving strategies; 3) mindset interventions caused a decrease in concern about peers' perceptions.

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