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How mentoring is suited to developing passions: More about nurturing a spark than finding a flame

Posted by Melissa De Witte, futurity.org The advice to “find your passion” might undermine how interests actually develop, according to new research. In a series of laboratory studies, researchers examined beliefs that may lead people to succeed or fail at developing their interests. Mantras like “find your passion” carry hidden implications, the researchers say. They […]

Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

By Carol Dweck For many years, I secretly worked on my research. I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research in professional journals—and there it stayed. However, my colleagues and I learned things we thought people needed to know. We found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—played a key […]

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education

By ALFIE KOHN reposted from Salon.com One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).  Here’s the sentence: Kids tend to fare better when they regard intelligence and other abilities not as fixed traits that they either have or […]