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Abstract Title: Context Dependent Mindset: Building New Frameworks and Measurement Methodologies
Abstract: Mindset is a long-standing area of the psychology literature that focuses on students' beliefs about whether intelligence can grow and improve. Much of the mindset research involves Likert scale survey items such as, "Your intelligence is something about you that you can't change very much." People are often characterized as having either a growth or fixed mindset, however, Dweck recently noted the importance of "portraying people as mixtures," in various contexts (Dweck, 2015). Yet, methodologically, it is not possible to examine these "mixtures" with current broad survey tools. We draw from lessons learned from the science beliefs literature that similarly shifted to studying the context-dependent nature of beliefs through, "naturalistic case studies, including open-format interviews" (Hammer & Elby, 2002). In this presentation we examine preliminary interview data as a way of moving forward in studying issues of mindset.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Angela Little
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University
Bridget Humphrey, Michigan State University