1 | An Introduction to the Mindsets Behind Academic Success

Getting students to take on challenges or participate in class can be hard. But the best way to actively make a difference is by trying to influence the mindsets that affect students’ motivation. Indeed, a growing body of research suggests that students’ mindsets, in particular their beliefs about learning in school, have a dramatic effect on their academic success. When students hold these beliefs—including a growth mindset, value for learning, and a sense of belonging in school—they are better able to take on challenging tasks, improve attendance, and participate fully in schools. This session introduces the research behind these three fundamental learning mindsets that motivate students to attend, engage, participate, and persevere in school.