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“Effects of Teaching the Concept of Neuroplasticity to Induce a Growth Mindset on Motivation, Achievement, and Brain Activity: A Meta-Analysis”

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Teaching students the science of how their brains change over time can help them see intelligence as something they can develop, rather than innate and unchangeable, finds a new analysis of 10 studies online in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education.

Teaching the ability of the brain to make new neural connections based on experience is a common tactic in helping students develop a so-called “growth” rather than a “fixed” mindset.

The Canada-based Laboratory for Research in Neuroeducation researchers found a moderate benefit from the interventions for all students but stronger effects from the interventions when used for improving growth mindset in math or with students who fear being stereotyped if they perform poorly.

Vol. 38, Issue 01, Page 4

Published in Print: August 22, 2018, as Growth Mindset
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