October 27, 2015
October 15, 2015
Building autonomous learners. Perspectives from Research and Practice using Self-Determination Theory.
October 14, 2015
October 5, 2015
article by Alfie Kohn in which he criticized Carol Dweck. Whether Kohn does not understand the growth mindset well, and is not well informed about mindset research, or deliberately misleads, I don't know. But what he says, isn't true. I want to focus on one of his criticisms because it contains an especially misleading thought. Kohn suggests that promoting a growth mindset implicitly sends the message to just accept and adjust to the conditions we encounter instead of changing them. I'll explain why this is not true.
October 4, 2015
Cvencek et al. (2015) of the University of Washington found, in a study with 299 Singaporean elementary-school students that children of this age often already have such implicit beliefs about whether they are or aren't 'math people'.
replication problem in the social sciences. A big team of researchers has replicated 100 psychological studies which were published in prominent journals. The result: many of the effects that were found in the original studies were not found in the replication studies en many of the effects that were found were weaker. I wondered whether among those studies there were also studiers on the growth mindset and, if yes, whether their effects were also found in the replication studies.
October 3, 2015
Dunning-Kruger effect is the phenomenon that people who are less competent in a certain area assess themselves too positively while people who are more competent assess themselves more realistically. The explanation for this phenomenon is that you need knowledge about an area of competence to assess yourself realistically. The existence of the Dunning-Kruger effect is somewhat counter-intuitive and paradoxical. Apparently, we cannot trust our own perceptions of how good we are at something. Thinking you are quite good at something might just as well be an indication that you are actually not very good at all.