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Challenging Mindset

Challenging Mindset
Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning—and What to Do When It Doesn’t

Foreword by Carol S. Dweck

June 2018 | 256 pages | Corwin
List of Figures
The Challenging Learning Story
Foreword by Carol Dweck
About the Authors
Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Mindsets
1.0 Definition of Mindset  
1.1 A Comparison of Fixed and Growth Mindsets  
1.2 What Difference Does Mindset Make?  
1.3 Mindset is Not Black and White  
1.4 Dweck and Mueller Results  
1.5 We Are All a Mix of Mindsets  
1.6 A Fixed Mindset is More Common Than We Care to Admit  
Chapter 2: Growth Mindset Implementation is Not There (Yet)
2.0 Growth Mindset Effect Size  
2.1 Reduced Efficacy 1: Third-hand Knowledge  
2.2 Reduced Efficacy 2: Mindset is Made to Sound Too Easy  
2.3 Reduced Efficacy 3: Too Much Performance Focus, Not Enough Time  
2.4 Reduced Efficacy 4: Influences Are Complex  
2.5 Reduced Efficacy 5: Mindset Affects Qualities Other Than Achievement  
2.6 What Are the Criticisms of Growth Mindset?  
2.7 Reflections from Carol Dweck  
Chapter 3: When Does Mindset Work Best?
3.0 Goals, Strategies, and Expectations  
3.1 Mindset Works Best When Goals Are Learning-Orientated  
3.2 Mindset Works Best When There Is Challenge  
3.3 Mindset Works Best When There Is a Chicken and an Egg  
Chapter 4: Mindset in Education
4.0 Introducing Alisha and Zack  
4.1 Alisha and Zack’s Backgrounds  
4.2 Alisha and Zack Start School  
4.3 Alisha and Zack Meet Their Teachers  
4.4 Alisha and Zack Discover Their Talents  
Chapter 5: Do You Have a Growth Mindset Culture?
5.0 What Are We Aiming to Achieve?  
5.1 How Much Progress Have We Made So Far?  
5.2 Collecting Your Evidence  
5.3 What Next?  
Chapter 6: Privilege Progress
6.0 The Origins of Intelligence Testing  
6.1 Administering Tests the Growth Mindset Way  
6.2 Draw Attention to Progress  
6.3 Progress-Achievement Quadrants  
6.4 Different Forms of Progress  
Chapter 7: Use the Power of Yet
7.0 The Power of Yet  
7.1 The Power of Yetis  
Chapter 8: Choose Challenge
8.0 Mindset Matters Most When There is Challenge  
8.1 When Students Pick the Easier Path  
8.2 Mindset Through the Learning Pit  
Chapter 9: Be Careful with Praise
9.0 Different Types of Praise  
9.1 To Praise or Not to Praise?  
9.2 Praise and Cheating  
9.3 Praise and Self-Efficacy  
9.4 Praise, Rewards and Mindset  
9.5 When to Praise  
9.6 Praise in Practice  
Chapter 10: Flopped Learning
10.0 Flops Lead to Enhanced Learning  
10.1 Flopped Products  
10.2 Flopped Feedback  
10.3 Flopped Parents  
10.4 Effort is Not Enough  
10.5 Resilience and Grit  
10.6 Flopped Previews  
10.7 Flopped Leading  
Chapter 11: Growth Mindset Lessons
11.0 Learning Challenge Lessons  
11.1 How Much Emily Influence Her Future?  
11.2 Was Usain Bolt Born to be an Olympic Champion?  
11.3 Is Challenge Interesting?  

"James Nottingham’s work on Challenging Learning is a critical element of creating Visible Learners. This new series will help teachers hone the necessary pedagogical skills of dialogue, feedback, questioning, and mindset. There’s no better resource to encourage all learners to know and maximize their impact!"

John Hattie, Professor & Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute
University of Melbourne

"James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson offer an important and useful new addition to the ongoing conversation about mindset first introduced by Carol Dweck. Too often, theories such as mindset get reduced down to the simplest dichotomies and ideologies. Here, Nottingham and Larsson challenge our own mindset about the very idea of mindset theory itself, showing us what is possible if we really understand the theory and use it to challenge ourselves and our students."

Jim Burke, Teacher and Author, Common Core Companion Series
Burlingame High School

“Mindset is a word that has been thrown around a great deal over the years. Unfortunately, most educators who use the word didn’t understand the real context behind it. Nottingham and Larsson not only focus on the nuances of mindset, but offer practical strategies on how to use the research correctly so students can succeed! Challenging Mindset will be an important read for a very long time.”

Peter DeWitt, Ed. D., Author, Collaborative Leadership, Blogger, Finding Commong Ground
Facilitator of Learning

“James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson have the unique ability to activate the thinking of their readers by bridging the divide between research and practice. The “Now Try This” sections encourage readers to engage with heart, head, and hand to relate what they are learning to their current practices and to share those ides with colleagues. They have masterfully deepened our understanding of Carol Dweck’s work and aligned her thinking to their work around The Learning Challenge.”

Julie Smith, Author, Evaluating Instructional Leadership
Pacific City, OR

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