Doubting the efficacy of the growth mindset. A literature review

by: Fabio Zander

GRIN Verlag , 2017

ISBN: 9783668452008 , 26 Pages

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Doubting the efficacy of the growth mindset. A literature review


Literature Review from the year 2017 in the subject Psychology - Social Psychology, grade: 1,7, Lund University (Department of Psychology), language: English, abstract: The concept of the growth mindset has become better known over the last years and is presented as an important key factor determining failure and success (Dweck, 2006). This paper evaluates the current research on Dweck's mindset theory as well as its scientific foundation. The main goal of this paper is to critically review the concept of the growth mindset and rate its status appropriately. By taking a closer look at the used methods and statistical inferences, the paper reassesses the science behind the growth mindset and discusses if its application has gone beyond the data. It ascertains an existing discrepancy in the literature regarding the efficacy of mindset intervention and concludes that mindset interventions can be helpful and effective, however not to the degree as pledged. The growth mindset remains an interesting phenomenon which needs future research to clarify if it is benificial at all, and if so under which conditions. With regard to the current replication crisis, Dweck's research serves as a good example which needs replication, using proper statistical methods and interpretation.