Growth mindset holds that every learner has the potential to excel. How could it impact education?


Great teachers have long known what research is beginning to prove: an individual’s mindset -- as much, or even more so than ability -- can have a profound impact on their success in school and beyond.

But until recently, noncognitive skills like perseverance and self-motivation sat at the periphery of an education debate centered on the measurement of skills like reading and math. That is beginning to change.

Books on noncognitive skills pepper best-seller lists. Policymakers have taken note of a growing body of research that proves...

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  • About the Author:

    Chris Frank is director of big ideas at ClassDojo, and Dave Paunesku, Ph.D., serves as executive director of the Stanford University Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS).