As most of you who are regular visitors to the Centre's website know, we've become very interested in the work of Professor Carol Dweck, a social psychologist based at Stanford University in California. Carol Dweck has been involved in research and development around motivation and learning for over three decades and has formulated a theory called the Growth Mindset. For those of you unfamiliar with Dweck's ideas, please explore the section on our website entitled "Mindset" or have a look at this excellent introductory article (originally written for a Canadian education audience) http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/boosting-achievement-messages-motivate
The article is a good starting point if you are completely new to the topic. There is also an intersting feature on the BBC's website.
At the Centre, we feel that this work has much to offer Scotland including in our schools, the workplace and our social institutions.
Over the coming months in this blog, I'm going to discuss some approaches to developing a Growth Mindset that have been going on in Scotland - in education, business and the wider community. We'll also have a closer look at some inter-related central themes including resilience and well-being. Hopefully the blog will provoke discussion and debate about the usefulness of these ideas in this country (and beyond)
I'm particularly keen to hear your thoughts and opinions too, so please get in touch if you have anything that you would like to share with a wider audience. You may have particular experience of encouraging others to develop more of a disposition towards a growth mindset. or have personal experience of moving from more of a fixed to more of a growth mindset. How did you manage to do that - what were the key critical moments that shifted you from an "I can't do that" to "I think I can"? Please send me your tales! On the other hand, you might be sceptical about this theory, it's limitations.and implications. Of course, I'm just as keen to hear your thoughts on the subject too.
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