The psychology of learning is greatly underestimated in the classroom to our peril. Perhaps it is the headlong rush to master content that limits time for planning and reviewing of learning and the lessons learned from the approaches applied. In some respects this is about the need to externalise and divorce the learning outcome from too much emotional investment of the personal. In this way, we can become more objective about assessing our progress in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
The table, based on the work of Carol Dweck, explores the psychological mindset of learners and shows how it can define and influence the effectiveness of functioning and learning outcomes.
The two mindsets perceive various learning or work issues in very different ways, and the perception colours the outcome.
|FIXED MINDSET||ELEMENT||GROWTH MINDSET|
|Give up early||Obstacles||Persist|
|See it as fruitless or worse||Effort||See it as the path to mastery|
|Ignore useful negative feedback||Criticism||Learn from criticism|
|Feel Threatened||Success of Others||Find lessons and inspiration|
|Defines me||Failure||Fuels learning|
|Plateau early and achieve less than full potential||Result||Reach even higher levels of achievement|
You can read more here: Carol Dweck on Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset | Examined Existence