Praise effort, not intelligence

BBC News reports on research showing that praising a student’s intelligence can diminish their motivation to perform, whereas praising their efforts can do the opposite. This is related to a “fixed mindset” versus a “growth mindset.” The former attitude is that talent is inherent – one has it or not; the latter attitude is that talent increases with practice and effort.

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About Sigurd

Moved to rural Vermont in 1998, recently semi-retired. Intellect-oriented person (I spend a lot of time in my mind, have worked to broaden, regularly, the boundaries of what I pay attention to). One of my current interests is Goethe's approach to understanding the structures of the world (Science) and how it is different from Newton's approach. Goethe tried to stay open to what more the world might tell him of its nature, whereas Newton conceived frameworks that them became a window through which nature is viewed and understood.
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