Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve
Carol Dweck - Psychologist
Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people succeed (or don't) and how to foster success. Full bio
a certain number of courses to graduate,
they got the grade "Not Yet."
you think, I'm nothing, I'm nowhere.
you're on a learning curve.
into a critical event early in my career,
with challenge and difficulty,
slightly too hard for them.
in a shockingly positive way.
"I love a challenge,"
this would be informative."
that their abilities could be developed.
it was tragic, catastrophic.
up for judgment and they failed.
in the power of yet,
they would probably cheat the next time
if they failed a test.
who did worse than they did
good about themselves.
they have run from difficulty.
the electrical activity from the brain
the fixed mindset students.
the students with the growth mindset,
instead of yet?
obsessed with getting A's?
how to dream big dreams?
or the next test score?
for constant validation with them
are coming to me and saying,
can't get through the day
not praising intelligence or talent.
that kids engage in:
their focus, their perseverance,
that rewarded yet.
for effort, strategy and progress.
answers right right now,
longer periods of time,
they hit really, really hard problems.
or "not yet," we're finding,
that creates greater persistence.
change students' mindsets.
out of their comfort zone
new, stronger connections,
taught this growth mindset
over this difficult school transition,
showed a sharp rebound in their grades.
this kind of improvement,
especially struggling students.
groups of students
Native American reservations.
that many people think it's inevitable.
growth mindset classrooms steeped in yet,
in Harlem, New York
on the National Achievement Test.
when they arrived at school.
in the South Bronx, way behind,
in the state of New York
in a school on a reservation
to the top,
affluent sections of Seattle.
the Microsoft kids.
made them feel like giving up,
are making new connections,
from a 13-year-old boy.
on solid scientific research,
to put it into practice.
with kids at school,
in all of those areas.
most of my life."
for children, all children,
About the speaker:Carol Dweck - Psychologist
Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people succeed (or don't) and how to foster success.
Why you should listen
As Carol Dweck describes it: "My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes."
Dweck is a professor at Stanford and the author of Mindset, a classic work on motivation and "growth mindset." Her work is influential among educators and increasingly among business leaders as well.
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