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Acclaimed Psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck Discusses Growing Student Motivation Through a Growth Mindset

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The second speaker in the 2012-2013 St. Margaret’s Parent Teacher Fellowship Parent-Up Speakers Series, Dr. Carol Dweck, visited campus last Friday and delivered an inspiring lecture to parents, faculty and staff about Mindsets: Helping Students Fulfill Their Potential.

Dr. Dweck, an acclaimed Stanford University psychologist, presented information about whether students think of their intelligence as fixed or as something they can develop. Additionally, she showed how students’ mindsets about their intelligence can strongly affect their motivation and learning. She revealed how praising students’ intelligence can backfire to undermine learning and how teaching students a growth mindset can change their motivation to learn, as well as their grades.

“Carol Dweck’s research is legendary within the field of educational psychology. She is an eminent scholar with decades of research that aims to answer a very powerful question, “what makes people successful?” For those of us who have spent years researching this very question, the elegant simplicity of her answer is both powerful and hopeful. Instead of deconstructing the meaning of success, Carol provides compelling research that is not outcome specific. Whether it is success in a relationship, a scholarly field, a business, a spiritual pursuit or anything else, having a growth mindset leads to the fulfillment of that potential,” said Academic Dean Jeneen Graham. “Carol’s deliberate and insightful synthesis of her research provided a level of clarity that resonated with our community. Her characterization of our culture as one in which error free performance is extremely prized is the kind of objectification that helps us understand some of the implicit values we unknowingly share with our students and children. Through her work, we are charged to take risks and appreciate the ‘fantastic struggle’ that is the essence of real learning. She reminded us of some of the great failures of extremely successful people and the power of one simple word: yet. Together we are on this journey and it is my hope that all of us have a place in our lives where we open ourselves up to the path of not yet.”

A leading researcher in the field of motivation and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, Dr. Dweck’s research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology.

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

Click here for more information about the nationally-renowned speakers headlining the 2012-2013 PTF Parent-Up Speakers Series.



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