Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
Studies have found patterns that contribute to the study of how a type of mindset affects a person’s success. First of all, there are two types of mindsets. One of them is a growth mindset and the other is a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that one is given talents at birth. You either are intelligent or you’re not. The growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed through dedication,hard work, and practice. Having a fixed mindset is dangerous because it can make people discouraged. There are many people studying these mindsets but one of the main researcher is Carol Dweck. She has conducted experiments that prove that having a growth mindset leads to more success and happiness. A fixed mindset is great for a while but later it leads kids down a path that goes nowhere near success.
In her studies she has found many patterns and these studied patterns contribute to proving that a growth mindset is better than a fixed mindset. A pattern that keeps coming up is when students are taught to have a fixed mindset they give up when facing a challenge. A pattern with a growth mindset is that having a growth mindset leads more children towards success. All of this research contributes to our understanding about growth and fixed mindsets. This is important because we can understand how to help students be more successful, happy and how to focus more in school.
For our project, our theme is on roads and streetlights. Streetlights are a good representation of the mindsets because streetlights either let people continue or they make them stop.The green streetlight means to keep going and to never stop when you have to overcome an obstacle. The red street lights means to stop here or your talents only go this far. On the back of the project we drew a picture of what both, growth mindset and fixed mindsets represent. The road that keeps going represents a growth mindset because when you believe in a growth mindset you think that you can keep going and keep gaining knowledge. The road that stops is a fixed mindset because in a fixed mindset you believe that you either are naturally talented or you aren’t. The roadblocks you and you think you can’t keep moving forward anymore. Both roads have a good start but in the end only the growth mindset leads you to success and happiness.