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Title: Growth Mindset Learning Platform for Educators and Students: Supporting Academic Motivation and Achievement through an Integrated Online Platform
Center: NCER Year: 2010
Principal Investigator: Sorich Blackwell, Lisa Awardee: Mindset Works, LLC
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 2.5 years Award Amount: $849,473
Goal: Phase II Development Award Number: EDIES10C0022

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Purpose: Although research shows that a "growth mindset" — the belief that intelligence can be developed through effort and learning how to learn — increases student motivation and academic achievement, few classroom or school-wide interventions are available in this area. This project team will develop the Growth Mindset Learning Platform (GMLP) to support students and educators in developing and sustaining a culture of growth and success in classrooms and schools.

Project Activities: The project team will iteratively develop a multimedia online platform based on an existing interactive software program, Brainology. Focus groups will provide data to develop the content and mock ups of each of the components, including video clips, animations, and web-based activities. Next, the web-based platform to house the activities and the social networking component will be prototyped and refined based on user feedback through focus groups and surveys. After the prototype is finalized, a pilot study will be conducted in four classrooms in four high schools to examine usage, engagement, and the promise of the intervention to enhance teachers' and students' mindset-related beliefs and goals.

Products: The Growth Mindset Learning Platform will be a social and behavioral intervention to strengthen students' ability to succeed in school and life. The platform will include: four 35-minute modules for students; six 20-minute modules for teachers; a toolkit with resources such as animations, videos, and activities; professional development webinars; and a social networking website so educators can share questions, experiences, ideas, tools, and strategies with colleagues and experts in the field. Themes will focus on teaching students about how the brain learns and changes with effort, and how to use effective study skills to increase learning. The professional development applications will address how to apply instructional supports to develop and sustain a growth mindset in students in secondary school settings.