Some students don't achieve their full potential, while others of similar ability achieve more than predicted. This book shows how important students' motivational mindsets can be in influencing the way they learn.

Ideas about Ability, Explanations of Progress and Attitudes towards Achievement

Ideas about Ability, Explanations of Progress and Attitudes towards Achievement
Ideas about ability, explanations of progress and attitudes towards achievement
Ideas about Ability

Students build up beliefs and assumptions about the self in order to make sense of their lives. These theories or generalizations about the self create a meaning framework for students. They lead them to interpret events in ways that can make some students vulnerable and others robust in the face of setbacks and challenges (Dweck, 2000; Hong et al, 1999).

From an early age, students are encouraged to evaluate their own and others’ ability, and in this way they build up their ideas about ability. It might not appear obvious but students tend to think about ability in one of two ways. Some students see ...

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