Anytime we engage in a learning process we are embedded in a framework of conditions that shape and influence us. The visible aspects of this framework, such as curricula and the set-ups of classrooms, are only part of the picture. Student mindset is at least as important. More than 30 years ago Dr. Carol Dweck and her colleagues started taking an in interest in students’ attitudes towards failure. They noticed that some students recuperated quickly from setbacks, while others seemed to be devastated by even the smallest blows. This is what she called the “fixed” and the “growth” mindset.
We were interested in how the theory of growth mindset would impact the teaching process and how it is implemented in national teacher training programs, so we consulted Christina Bauer, who is studying the field at the Freie Universität Berlin.
In the podcast she explains how kids can adopt the growth mindset. Other topics are teacher education, feedback culture and the reason, why the growth mindset can come to the fore in the context of specific topics.