An Investigation of the Plasticity of
Mindsets of College Students
By: Alexander Lacey, Elva Peña, and Briana Wagner
ED 69...
Dr. Carol S. Dweck- pioneer of research of mindsets
Mindsets (implicit theories)- one’s beliefs about personal
attributes,...
Alexander: The Accuracy of Measuring Mindsets
Briana: Benefits of a Growth Mindset: The positive effects on
academics, pee...
Dr. Dweck developed a nine-item Likert scale to
measure one’s mindset
Combined score of three separate subscales:
Intellig...
Academic Performance
Given comparable academic aptitude, a student who adopts a growth
instead of a fixed mindset proves t...
Aronson Study (experimenting with manipulation):
Older students were paired as pen pals with younger students
and inspired...
Brief background of participant demographics
Online survey
9 item Likert scale to measure mindset
Randomly assigned video
...
Mindset Survey
Mindset Video
Compare means of the control and experimental
groups
Two Tailed T-Test
Comparing the means of their mindset scores before
...
Questions
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  1. 1. An Investigation of the Plasticity of Mindsets of College Students By: Alexander Lacey, Elva Peña, and Briana Wagner ED 690 Summer 2013
  2. 2. Dr. Carol S. Dweck- pioneer of research of mindsets Mindsets (implicit theories)- one’s beliefs about personal attributes, such as intelligence or personality Two kinds of mindsets: Fixed (entity theory)- abilities, intelligence, and personality are fixed and unalterable Growth (incremental theory)- qualities are changeable through willpower, persistence, and an effort to learn. Introduction of Mindsets
  3. 3. Alexander: The Accuracy of Measuring Mindsets Briana: Benefits of a Growth Mindset: The positive effects on academics, peer relationships, and self-perception Elva: Plasticity of Mindsets: Can college students change their mindset from fixed to growth? Literature Review
  4. 4. Dr. Dweck developed a nine-item Likert scale to measure one’s mindset Combined score of three separate subscales: Intelligence theory Morality theory Person theory The scale repeatedly had valid and reliable results Measuring Mindsets
  5. 5. Academic Performance Given comparable academic aptitude, a student who adopts a growth instead of a fixed mindset proves to be more successful at maintaining motivation in school Peer Relationships A person with a fixed mindset in regards to peer relationships is inclined to evaluate oneself negatively in the face of peer disapproval, which leads to more depressive and aggressive symptoms when victimized Self-Perception In response to hardships, setbacks, or disappointments, if a person has an incremental theory about self worth, rather than an entity theory, he or she is likely to feel self-efficacy in the face of challenges. Benefits of a Growth Mindset Possible Implications
  6. 6. Aronson Study (experimenting with manipulation): Older students were paired as pen pals with younger students and inspired them by saying that they can always learn The younger students felt more motivated about school and performed better academically with their new mindset from the encouragement People could go from a fixed mindset when taught that the brain is like a muscle The brain can be shaped and grow because it is malleable Plasticity of Mindsets
  7. 7. Brief background of participant demographics Online survey 9 item Likert scale to measure mindset Randomly assigned video Experimental- informational video on benefits of a growth mindset Control- similar images and duration, but no information about mindsets Online survey Mindset scale again to measure mindset after manipulation Study Design
  8. 8. Mindset Survey
  9. 9. Mindset Video
  10. 10. Compare means of the control and experimental groups Two Tailed T-Test Comparing the means of their mindset scores before and after the video presentation Significant differences between mindsets of participants after the video presentation could indicate a change in mindset Proposed Analysis
  11. 11. Questions
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