|Lexia Learning Releases White Paper on Using Educational Technology to Foster a Growth Mindset In Students|
Written by Elizabeth R. Kazakoff, Ph.D., senior researcher at Lexia, and Alison Mitchell, Ph.D., NCSP, the company’s director of assessment, the white paper explores what it means to have a growth mindset and how supporting this perspective in students can be enhanced in the context of educational technology.
“Decades of research have demonstrated that a student’s mindset is a critical factor that impacts how comfortable and motivated they are when posed with a new or difficult problem to solve,” said Dr. Kazakoff. “In fact, researcher Carol Dweck, who wrote the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, says it best, ‘Students who possess a growth mindset are more motivated to learn and take on more challenges compared to students with fixed mindsets.’”
According to mindset theory, while students with a growth mindset believe their abilities and intelligence can improve with work, students who possess a fixed mindset believe these qualities cannot change. And because they believe their abilities are fixed and incapable of change, students with a fixed mindset may not respond well to failure and often avoid situations where their weaknesses might be revealed. Classrooms that support a growth mindset help students identify their areas for improvement in a way that reframes them as learning opportunities.
“Developing a growth mindset requires a continuous process of learning where students are given ongoing opportunities to engage with challenges and support in using new strategies to approach them,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Many educational technology programs include features that allow students to monitor their own progress while receiving feedback and low-stakes opportunities for practicing different strategies to solve challenging problems. Because of that, they may be utilized as a part of broader efforts to foster growth mindset both inside and outside the classroom.”
The white paper lists and discusses educational technology features that can be used to support growth mindsets:
A complimentary copy of “Cultivating Growth Mindset with Educational Technology” can be downloaded at http://www.lexialearning.com/download-growth-mindset-wp.
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