Students with a growth mindset are more interested in learning, more eager to take on challenges, and more academically successful.

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The Growth Mindset Scale has been used in numerous studies. It is a short, valid, and reliable diagnostic of students' mindsets. 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 Growth Mindset

People can think about intelligence as something that is stable (a fixed mindset) or as something than can be grown (a growth mindset). Dozens of studies show that students with a growth mindset embrace challenges and perform better over time. Research also shows that students' mindsets can change through targeted interventions and interactions with adults.

Blackwell et al., 2007  
Dweck, 2012  

Benefits of a Growth Mindset

Desire for learning

Students with a growth mindset understand that learning is how you grow your intelligence. They care more about learning than about looking smart. This means that growth mindset students:

  • Raise their hands more
  • Ask more questions
  • Seek out challenges that allow them to learn something new


Motivation

Fixed mindset students believe that if you are smart, you shouldn't have to try. Growth mindset students understand that effort is how you become smart. Growth mindset students:

  • Study more
  • Put in the extra effort required to succeed
  • Value learning the right way over the easy way


Resilience

When fixed mindset students encounter a challenge or setback, they give up. They conclude that they must not be smart at that thing. Growth mindset students view challenges and setbacks as opportunties — they have identified an area for growth. They respond to setbacks by:

  • Spending more time on difficult schoolwork
  • Trying new strategies
  • Seeking help from others students or the teacher



Higher Achievement

Given that growth mindset students value learning, effort, and challenge, it is not surprising that they do better in school. When students are taught a growth mindset, 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.