I found this new study published in Personality and Individual Differences via Tommy Opgenhaffen and to my opinion it’s not a nail in the coffin of mindset-theory imho, but it does warrant for some precaution.
What does the new research say in short:
- They measured the mindset of 5653 university applicants taking a scholastic aptitude test.
- Growth mindset was not positively associated with results of the test.
- Mindset did not predict change of the results for those who retook the test.
- Mindset did not predict participation in a future administration of the test.
- Mindset did not predict the total number of tests taken.
Why am I not saying that this debunks the mindset-theory? Well, because it’s a precise group of respondents, maybe mindset still works for younger children?
Abstract of the study:
Implicit theories of intelligence have been proposed to predict a large number of different outcomes in education…
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