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ERIC Number: EJ1178088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
The Role of Mathematics Teaching in Fostering Student Growth Mindset
Sun, Kathy Liu
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v49 n3 p330-355 May 2018
The belief that mathematics ability is a fixed trait is particularly common and may be a key reason for many students' disinterest and underperformance in mathematics. This study investigates how mathematics teaching practices might contribute to students' beliefs about mathematics ability being a fixed or malleable trait (mindset). Through a synthesis of existing literature and an analysis of data from classroom observations, this article presents a framework of teaching practices and identifies how varying implementations of these practices can be classified along a continuum from conveying fixed-mindset messages to conveying growth-mindset messages related to mathematics ability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A