Students with adaptive academic mindsets are more engaged in learning, more resilient in the face of setbacks, and more academically successful.

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Learn students' mindsets in 10 minutes

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Enter your email and click "Send me the links"
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Find the Survey Link and Report Link in your email
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Ask your students to visit the Survey Link and complete the survey
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Visit the Report Link to see their mindsets and find resources

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This assessment was created to accompany Deeper Learning MOOC, a collaborative exploration of deeper learning supported by the Hewlett Foundation.

The scales in this assessment have been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Chicago CCSR. They are valid measures of students' academic mindsets if used once, but they are not meant to be given multiple times. Look at the assessment to see what surveyed students will experience. View the sample report to see the information you will be provided.

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About Academic Mindsets

Academic mindsets are students' beliefs about themselves in relation to school and learning. A recent report by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) identified four key academic mindsets that reliably predict positive academic behaviors, perseverance, and academic performance. Expressed from students' point of view, these mindsets are:

  1. I belong in this academic community (Belonging)
  2. My ability and competence grow with my effort (Growth Mindset)
  3. I can succeed at this (Self-efficacy)
  4. This work has value for me (Relevance/Purpose)

Read the CCSR Report

Benefits of Adaptive Academic Mindsets

Positive academic behaviors

Students with adaptive mindsets take more agency over their own learning. They are more likely to engage in behaviors such as:

  • Going to class
  • Doing homework
  • Organizing materials
  • Participating, studying


Perseverance

Adaptive mindsets help students remain resilient in the face of challenges or setbacks. Students with adaptive mindsets show greater:

  • Grit, tenacity
  • Delayed gratification
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-control


Academic Performance

Through academic mindsets' effects on positive academic behaviors and perseverance, academic mindsets help students do better in school. When students adopt more adaptive mindsets, they:

  • Earn higher grades
  • Pass more courses
  • Earn more satisfactory grades (see above)

Researchers at PERTS are applying mindset research to improve student achievement across the nation.

Sponsors

Free use of the Mindset Meter is generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Raikes Foundation.