May 17, 2007

Intelligence is very much a product of what you put into it

"People are, to a large extent, in charge of their own intelligence. Being smart - and staying smart- is not just a gift, not just a product of their genetic good fortune. It is very much a product of what they put into it. It means that being smart is a long process of self-development and self-discovery."..."Once people believe that their intelligence is a potential that can be developed, they start focusing, not on the short-term outcomes that might make them look good, but on the effort and the strategies that will lead to learning and long-term achievement." Source: Carol Dweck, (2002) Beliefs that make smart people dumb.
I have not deeply thought about what Carol Dweck's work precisely has in common with the solution-focused approach or in what aspects it may differ. One thing of commonality must be its optimism. There may be other parallels. The workshop Carol describes in this interview (which was developed by Peter Heslin and his colleagues) surely has lots in common with the solution-focused approach. But whatever the commonalities and the differences, I know I think Carol's work is great and very useful and important. I hope many people, in particular teachers and parents, will be inspired by it.

1 comment:

  1. Coert,

    One way in which the growth mindset might relate to SF is that SF may promote the growth mindset. And the growth mindset may be necessary for an SF practitioner. To practice SF you must believe that your clients can grow and improve. When a person receives SF guidance and allows themselves to be influenced by it, they may come to see that they can improve, learn and grow (at least in the situation they are being guided in).

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