Differences Between Fixed And Growth Mindsets

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The brain is constantly changing throughout one’s life. This undoubtedly has a tremendous effect on their cognition and learning, at every stage of their development, Dweck on others would show (Dweck, 2006). Whether one “...sees their intelligence as something that is fixed or something that can grow and change—has profound effects on their motivation, learning, and school achievement (Dweck, 2006).”

============Generally speaking, fixed mindsets are when “...students believe that intelligence is fixed, that each person has a certain amount and that’s that (Dweck, 2006).” By contrast, growth mindsets are when students believe their intelligence is not fixed, and that, in fact, it can be further developed, or “cultivated through effort and education (Dweck, 2006).” Dweck futher illustrates the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, in relation to one’s learning, through a two-year analysis of seventh-graders enrolled in math class. ============
In this study, Dweck noted how a fixed mindset affected students and their learning by giving them the impression that their current limits of knowledge, understanding, and cognition were (as the name implies) “fixed” into place. Thus the student with a fixed mindset sees any new challenges as threatening (Dweck, 2006). They would furthermore come to believe themselves incapable of transcending their current limits of intelligence in order to comprehend a new and complex task. This no doubt becomes a source of
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