A key determinant in student success is the inherent beliefs they have about themselves in terms of their ability and how they learn. The two major areas to consider here are Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset and Angela Duckworth’s on Grit. Read More
Despite the weight of evidence around Growth Mindset as a strong indicator of student achievement, there remains a lack of hard evidence as to how exactly affect that disposition. The EEF trialled various interventions in 2013 and found that the results were not statistically significant. Read More
Over the last year we have been working with researchers from Harvard GSE to look at student self-perception, specifically around the areas of Growth Mindset and Grit and are delighted to publish our first working paper on our findings. The preliminary findings were reported here by the BBC but the full report is now available below.
Dr. Read More
By Denise Cook, English dept.
I’ve been working on all that for the last few weeks, how to turn it into something I can actually use in the classroom. Come the beginning of term, it’s time. Read More
By Sarah Donarski, English Dept.
With the hype around growth mindset, it’s no wonder there is more attention being drawn to the ways that students understand their strengths, capabilities and passions. Read More
One of the things we were keen to do this year in setting up an in-house research centre at Wellington College was to have a small number of students partner with us on our project with Harvard faculty on Growth Mindsets and Grit. Read More
This year we appointed a student research council to help us in a number of areas:
– To provide us with a student perspective in the research we were engaging with.
– To co-design and pilot test surveys and data collection.
– To inform the school leadership about implementing new approaches. Read More
Guest post by Dr. Christina Hinton, Catherine Glennon,
and Abeer Alam – Harvard GSE faculty
In classrooms, on playgrounds, and in homes, students continually hear messages, implicit or explicit, about intelligence. The kinds of praise we offer students, the way we respond to their mistakes, and how we react to their successes, all impact their beliefs about intelligence. Read More
By Ed Venables, Housemaster at Wellington College
Putting aside serious pastoral issues, the most challenging and frustrating issue that I deal with year-in, year-out when running a boarding house is a handful of boys who simply fail to discover or demonstrate any motivation towards academic work. Often they will have no lasting motivation towards anything despite, perhaps, their social lives. Read More
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
“With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Read More