Over a decade of research in social psychology indicates that learning mindsets can deeply affect students’ academic persistence and achievement; these mindsets are not fixed, but are shaped by messages students receive from society, from daily interactions and observations, and from their experiences in school. By fostering a positive student experience in the classroom (and beyond), instructors can increase a student’s likelihood of persevering through academic challenges to graduation.
This workshop summarizes several key areas of social psychological research on learning mindsets and the student experience, and translates key research findings into teaching moves and approaches that can be used in any discipline by any instructor. Practices to be discussed in this workshop include revising syllabi with a student’s perspective in mind, reviewing and revising course policies, utilizing new grading and feedback processes, and other evidence-based approaches that increase sense of belonging, convey a growth mindset, and foster inclusivity and institutional trust." Addresses Competency 2.