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Abstract Title: Exploring Mindset’s Applicability to Transformed College Physics Courses
Abstract: The mindset literature is a longstanding area of psychological research focused on beliefs about intelligence, response to challenge, and goals for learning (Dweck, 2000). However, the mindset literature's applicability to the context of college physics has not been widely studied. We narrow our focus toward understanding students' descriptions of experiences with challenge. We will present a novel coding scheme to characterize both evidence for challenge and students' responses to it. We find that it is possible to see student descriptions of challenge that resemble the mindset literature's characterizations. However, college physics challenges are frequently different than those studied in the mindset literature. We show that, in the landscape of college physics challenges, mindset beliefs cannot always be considered to be the dominant factor in how students respond to challenge. Broadly, our coding scheme helps the field move beyond broad Likert-scale survey measures of students' mindset beliefs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B53

Author/Organizer Information

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