Keynote Speaker

ACC was not permitted to record Dr. David Yeager’s presentation.
Below is a summary of his presentation as well as resources to find out more information on Growth Mindset.

Dr. David S. Yeager, from the UT Department of Psychology and Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, presented the keynote address at the 2015 ACC General Assembly.  His presentation focused on the research he has conducted on Growth Mindset with Carol S. Dweck from Stanford University, Angela Duckworth from the University of Pennsylvania and others. “In a fixed mindset, talent is seen as a fixed trait. In a growth mindset, talent is a malleable quality; a potential that can be developed.” Based on his research, students who believe their intellectual abilities can be developed show greater levels of success through higher course completion rates. He discussed the importance of helping students develop a growth mindset through appropriate programs, interventions, strategies and tools.

His research findings demonstrate success following mindset interventions such as increased persistence on course assignments (more likely to rewrite a paper), better performance on coursework (increase in grades), lower rates of acting out in following academic years. College students also show increased feelings of belonging at institutions of higher education as a result of mindset interventions.  Students who receive mindset interventions early in their college career show gains in academic achievement and persistence as compared to those who do not get the intervention, especially for students who initially report lower sense of belonging.  His research also finds the reverse, that feelings of not belonging are compounded by bureaucratic hassles.

We have found that what students need most is not self-esteem boosting or trait labeling; instead, they need mindsets that represent challenges as things that hey can take on and overcome over time with effort, new strategies, learning, help from others, and patience.  When we emphasize people’s potential to change, we prepare our students to face life’s challenges resiliently.  (Yeager & Dweck, 2012)

Learn more about Dr. Yeager’s research on Growth Mindset @ ACC Libraries:

Yeager, D. S. (2012). Mindsets That Promote Resilience: When Students Believe That Personal Characteristics Can Be Developed.Educational Psychologist, 47(4), 302-314.