THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CRITICAL THINKING ABILITY AND GROWTH MINDSET IN 7TH GRADE MATH STUDENTS
Watson, Racheal L.
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The purpose of this research was to investigate if a student’s critical thinking ability and exposure to critical thinking activities has any effect on his or her growth mindset in a math class. Students’ critical thinking ability and growth mindset were both assessed using a critical thinking pre-survey and growth mindset pre-survey. During one quarter, data collection was from four different fifty-minute periods of a seventh grade math class. Specific critical thinking strategy implementation went into weekly instruction, growth mindset instruction was administered, and there was a direct focus on the eight mathematical practices. At the end of the quarter, the students took the same critical thinking and growth mindset surveys again as post-surveys to measure growth in both areas.