Attitude Determines Altitude The Effects of Nurturing a Growth Mindset in Primary School Children

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Fitzgerald, Peter
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Recent scientific evidence demonstrates the powerful impact and incredible potential of growth mindset interventions on student motivation, engagement and academic performance. This research study examined the effects of nurturing a growth mindset on the academic performance and overall mindset level of primary school children. An experimental analysis using a qualitative and quantitative within-subjects and between subjects design was utilised during a 12-week intervention period. Sixty three 5th and 6th class pupils, aged 10-12 years, completed activities and standardised tests designed to assess their maths and mindset levels both at baseline and after the intervention was completed. Post intervention academic performance in maths and the participants’ overall mindset level increased significantly for the experimental group. There was also a significant difference in the academic achievement levels of the experimental group compared to the control group. The results demonstrate the benefits of nurturing a growth mindset during the formative years of a child’s development. Future research, through a longitudinal study, is needed to assess the broader effects of a growth mindset. Author Keywords: Growth mindset intelligence grit effort perseverance fixed psychology social developmental education primary school