Changing Mindsets

Publication date: 18 Jun 2015 | Publication type: Report | Theme: Education & Labour | NIESR Author(s): Rienzo, C; Rolfe, H; Wilkinson, D. | Pages: 54 | Report to: Education Endowment Foundation

Evaluation report and Executive summary

The Changing Mindsets project sought to improve academic attainment by supporting pupils to develop a growth mindset: the belief that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and can be increased through effort. Previous research (Good et al., 2003; Blackwell et al., 2007) has suggested that holding this belief enables pupils to work harder and achieve better results.

The trial was independently evaluated by a team from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

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