Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blog Assignment #7

The academic concept that I will use as a frame to help make sense of my project comes from the brilliant mind of Dweck. In a supplementary reading entitled, "The Art of Learning - A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence" by Josh Waitzkin, he easily explains the concept of a growth vs fixed mindset through his experience learning to play chess. He argues that conditioning adolescents to have growth mindsets are beneficial to their mental health and that having a fixed mindset is dangerous in the presence of failure. I will argue in my paper that having a growth mindset (learning from your failures) will decrease the amount of students that self-injure because they will not feel depressed when they fail but instead will persevere.

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