Global Mindset Initiative Paper 1: Growth Mindset Cultures and Teacher Practices

58 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2021

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Mary Murphy

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Stephanie Fryberg

University of Michigan

Laura Brady

University of Michigan

Elizabeth Canning

Washington State University

Cameron Hecht

University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: August 25, 2021

Abstract

This article forwards a vision for enhancing equity and educational outcomes by creating growth mindset cultures in schools and classrooms. In growth mindset classroom cultures, teachers provide a coherent meaning system for students’ mindsets, goals, beliefs, and behaviors. By normalizing and infusing growth mindset beliefs and behaviors into routine practices and interactions, these classroom cultures give students (and teachers) a shared and productive way to understand challenges, setbacks, and learning inside and outside the classroom, ultimately benefiting their longer-term academic trajectories. In describing the possibility and promise of growth mindset cultures, we focus on the role of teachers and their instructional practices in creating these cultures. We provide a framework for integrating evidence-based instructional practices and growth mindset research. Finally, we chart an ambitious research agenda describing questions the field must answer if we are to create effective growth mindset cultures that spur students’ motivation and learning in school.

Keywords: growth mindset, interventions, inequality, motivation, education, classroom cultures, teacher beliefs, teacher practices

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Mary and Fryberg, Stephanie and Brady, Laura and Canning, Elizabeth and Hecht, Cameron, Global Mindset Initiative Paper 1: Growth Mindset Cultures and Teacher Practices (August 25, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3911594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3911594

Mary Murphy (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Stephanie Fryberg

University of Michigan ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Laura Brady

University of Michigan ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Elizabeth Canning

Washington State University

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Pullman, WA 99164-3857
United States

Cameron Hecht

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78705
United States

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