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ERIC Number: EJ1153388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1940-4476
Integrating Mindset Interventions with Language Arts Instruction: An Exploratory Study with Seventh Grade Students
Strahan, David; Hansen, Kloo; Meyer, Annie; Buchanan, Ryan; Doherty, Jennifer
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v40 n7 p1-15 2017
Researchers engaged in a collaborative, yearlong study with a seventh-grade language arts teacher who integrated activities to enhance students' understanding of mindsets with content instruction. Lessons emphasized four aspects of mindsets: belief that learning abilities can grow with the investment of effort, willingness to address challenging tasks and persevere, development of stronger learning strategies, and ability to articulate connections between effort and accomplishment. During the school year, the team observed lessons, gathered work samples, and conducted interviews with 12 students. Work samples showed that most students articulated a general understanding of the concepts related to mindset emphasized during instruction. Case studies documented patterns and differences in ways students articulated connections among concepts. Although limited by sample size, results suggested that seventh graders can understand the construct of mindsets, especially when offered guidance and support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 7
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Language: English
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