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Challenging Mindset: Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning - and What to Do When It Doesn't

by James A Nottingham and Bosse Larsson Corwin Press
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Pbk 224 pages
AU$69.00 NZ$73.91
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Mindset doesn’t matter when things are easy; it is only when faced with challenges that working from a growth mindset influences learning.


Answering key questions about Carol Dweck’s theory of mindset, this book shows how to create the right conditions for a growth mindset to flourish in your classroom. James Nottingham and Bosse Larsson tackle head-on these questions with research-backed clarity, and share proven strategies for mindset success.  


Highlights include:

• Comments and insights from Carol Dweck to enhance your understanding of her important work


• An exploration of the relationship between mindset and grades


• Strategies to encourage a growth mindset during moments of challenge


• Comprehensive lesson ideas for teaching students about mindset

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?

"Wow. Each one of the books in the Learning Challenge series deepens my understanding of how to be a better teacher, leader, and parent. We have all read the research on the importance of having a growth mindset but here lies a complete guide with visuals, strategies, and explanations for how to make it come to life in the classroom."

James Nottingham is the founder and executive director of Challenging Learning. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He has been described by Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) as "one of the most talked about names in the world of school development." His first book, Challenging Learning has been published in 5 languages and has received widespread critical acclaim. His follow-up book, Encouraging Learning, supports his work with parents and community groups, as well as with teachers and leaders. Currently he is writing a series of books to share the best strategies for feedback, challenge, dialogue, progress and metacognition. Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first class honours degree in education. He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million pound regeneration project supporting education, public and voluntary organisations across north east England. In 2005, James started JN Partnership Ltd. He later developed this into the group of companies known today as Challenging Learning. The group has offices in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Australia, and employs 20 full-time and approximately 50 part-time staff. James is well known throughout Scandinavia for his work with John Hattie's Visible Learning. Internationally he is known for his work on challenge, progress, Philosophy for Children and the Learning Pit. In 2009, James was listed among the Future 500 - a "definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators."