Spring 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Shannon Justice

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kefah Spreitzer


Carol Dweck’s idea of fixed versus growth mindset is becoming a more important concept in the educational world because educators are striving to create lifelong learners inside and outside of the the classroom. In order to do this, educators need to promote the growth mindset through clear instruction. The research question highlights a review of current literature on fixed versus growth mindset; Danielson’s Framework for Teaching; total participation techniques, such as cold calling; and student self-assessment that was used to drive the capstone project. The Danielson’s Framework for Teaching assisted in creating an instructional design that would meet the needs of the students in my classroom, while incorporating the necessary total participation techniques that would drive high levels of student engagement. In order for students to be successful, teachers need to equip their students with strategies and tools that will help them maneuver through any obstacle. The importance of moving from the fixed mindset to the growth mindset approach in present day classrooms is becoming more crucial. Students need to understand that being intelligent is not a fixed trait; it is something that is earned through hard work and perseverance.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Case Study, Focus Group, Observation


Assessment, Reflective Practice, Teachers/ Teaching, Growth Mindset

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