Growth Mindset : How Does It Affect Math Achievement in Second Grade
Sachs, Tracy L.
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The purpose of this research was to investigate if a student’s and/or parent’s mindset affects math performance and growth. Students’ and parents’ mindsets were assessed using a mindset quiz. Data was collected from two different second grade math classes with the same teacher. Explicit instruction about growth mindset was implemented in only one of the classrooms. Math growth was compared using data from the Renaissance Star math test. The class that had growth mindset instruction median student growth percentile was 85 and the class without the growth mindset instruction had a median student growth percentile of 72. The average change in scaled score in the intervention class was +180, whereas the average change in scaled score in the non-intervention group was +133. Changes in percentile ranks were +33 for the intervention class and +20 for the non-intervention class. The research supported the conclusion that explicit growth mindset instruction has an impact on math achievement in second graders.