Spring 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jason Miller

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Rachel Winkler

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Emily O’Rourke


The(research(question(addressed(is what impact do mindset interventions during Morning Meeting have on students’ motivation and building community in a kindergarten classroom? It studies the work of Carol Dweck and other researchers who have theorized that the human mindset can play a pivotal role in motivation to learn and persevere past challenges. It also examines the effects of teaching about the brain and how the brain can grow and change with effort and persistence. The author used a qualitative method of study using interviews, anecdotal notes, and classroom observations to obtain perspective of preliminary mindsets and mindsets at the end of the research period. This study found that daily growth mindset language during Morning Meeting had a positive impact on the kindergarteners motivation to learn as well as the classroom climate.

Research Methodology

Action Research


Achievement, Community Building, Motivation