Growth mindset: Psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on talent, ability and success is still resonating, 10 years or so after her book, Mindset, was published.

“It’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest.”
― Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential

Her work looks at growth mindsets vs. fixed mindsets, first in students. Students who are told they are smart develop a ‘fixed’ mindset that fosters fear or resistance to trying new things or taking risks in learning. The ‘growth’ mindset instead embraces learning as a chance to make mistakes and learn from the mistakes. Mistakes are not seen as failures but as a chance to grow and improve.

As the teens here at Teen Learning Lab work on their projects in Bioethics and Literature, they are confronting aspects of Dweck’s work. They are taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from those mistakes–and advancing their own knowledge. I am thrilled to offer these opportunities for teenagers to take risks in their learning!

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