“Gifted” vs. “Growth”

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Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck is attempting to find the reason why women tend to avoid careers in math and science. She has discovered that part of the reason may be because of their mindset. “Her work has shown that women and girls who think that science and math ability are innate tend to perform worse and have less interest in those fields than females who believe that those skills can be acquired through hard work. As she describes the distinction, one is  a “gift” mindset and the other a “growth” mindset.” Click here to read a Q. & A. with Carol S. Dweck!

 

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