We are back from Thanksgiving, with an article by Ingfei Chen on the importance of actively informing students about the growth mindset so that they can benefit from it. Chen reports that even a very short intervention of 30 minutes can have a long term impact on how students perceive intelligence.

Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.


The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale. Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that.

Students can become more motivated to learn when they understand growth mindset better. Gains for the students who followed such training were significant.