Does a Focus on Mathematical Practices Have an Effect on Growth Mindset?
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Prior research has investigated relationships between the beliefs of an individual’s mindset and the amount of effort exerted on a task. Growth mindset, the idea that intelligence is not fixed and effort is essential to success, is of interest as a potential factor in mathematics achievement. The purpose of this study was to explore the connection between the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the growth mindset of students. Participants were given a pre-test to determine their level of growth mindset and were then presented with focused work on the mathematical practices. A post survey was administered to determine change in participant mindset. Results were mixed with significant growth in some aspects of growth mindset, but not others. While there were several shifts in the data from pre to post survey moving in favor of growth mindset. One of several statements that showed significant shifts were students can do even the hardest work if they try. Results from this statement included 12.3% of students disagreeing with this in the pre-survey and 6.1% in the post survey (none of which strongly disagreed).