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Growth and Fixed Mindsets in Mentoring: The Tale of the Help and the Hindrance

A mindset is a set of beliefs that an individual has about his/her most elemental traits. How would you feel if someone told you that your intelligence, talents, and personality were fixed traits that could not be changed? What if someone else told you that these same traits could be nurtured, developed and grown throughout your life? How would you feel then? The answers to these questions have an enormous impact in mentoring. When we, as mentors, foster a fixed mindset (whether consciously or unconsciously), we may leave our mentees with the belief that their intelligence, abilities and talents are already determined and nothing can change that. However, when we foster a growth mindset, our mentees are shown that their traits can be developed throughout their lives with conscious and sustained effort. Students can then begin to see a world without limitations. This workshop will focus on examining those behaviors, many of which we may be unaware, that foster the growth and the fixed mindsets.

  • Led by: Dr. Tiera S. Coston
  • Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • Time: Noon - 12:50 PM
  • Location: Mellon Seminar Room, LIB 534B
  • Sponsor: CAT; BUILD

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Tags: mentoring, metacognition, BUILD
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01339

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