Mindset and engagement: how engagement of at-risk high school students in school is related to their view of intelligence
Research was done with urban students at risk of academic failure, following the work of Carol Dweck. Students' mindset about intelligence can be fixed or growth, aligning with having an entity theory or an incremental theory of intelligence: is intelligence a fixed entity, or is it malleable? Questionnaires and interviews with students and advisors attempted to uncover students' mindsets and relate them to levels of engagement in school. A definitive relationship was not found. A salient finding was a discrepancy between how students view themselves and how their advisors view them. Students almost universally want to be challenged in school, despite not revealing this in their everyday behavior.
Barnard, Elizabeth H., "Mindset and engagement: how engagement of at-risk high school students in school is related to their view of intelligence" (2008). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2101.