Capstone Project Title
Teaching Growth Mindset in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom
Julia Reimer and Melissa Erickson
Carol Dweck’s research in fixed and growth mindsets has garnered attention in mathematics education, especially as the frustration of students of mathematics becomes more apparent with new or more difficult content. The literature review and subsequent project seeks to answer the question: How can teaching high school students about growth mindset affect their attitudes toward mathematics learning and academic achievement? Research demonstrates that students with a growth mindset perform better academically than students with a fixed mindset. While these mindsets may be more inherent in nature, students have the potential to develop a growth mindset through classroom learning and skill building. Integrating growth mindset into classroom practices presents an opportunity for school and district educators to stretch students’ perspectives about learning and find success in mathematics. By teaching students to understand the relationship between learning and mindset, we may empower them to take on the responsibility of deepening their understanding of the content taught in the classroom. With this aim, the project consists of a series of professional development sessions for mathematics educators, instructional coaches, and administrators to understand growth and fixed mindsets, learn teaching strategies to help students develop a growth mindset, and reflect on current and future classroom practices that may lead to a student’s growth mindset.
Achievement, Mathematics, Staff Development
Sneider, Katherine, "Teaching Growth Mindset in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 797.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects