Examining the Relationship Between A Growth Mindset and Performance Task Performance in Mathematics
This action research, conducted in Spring of 2017 serves a springboard for this capstone site. I had a strong interest in determining how effective a growth mindset could be in positively impacting student performance on tests. This interest stemmed from a personal belief in the power of growth mindsets and an observation of high test taking anxiety in my students. Excerpts from my paper are below. Ultimately, my results were not significant, however I believe this does not contradict the existing body of research on growth mindsets. In fact, it serves to confirm what pre-existing research says. Growth mindsets are not magic pills that can be given to students to increase test scores but are long term investments that lead to life long learning. You can view my research poster and original research in the Scribd documents below.
Second Round of Research
My second round of research ties more directly to this capstone. My goal was to put my capstone into practice. I have worked to establish a classroom culture around meaningful student choices and open-ended problem solving. This is a different cohort of students than my original research was completed with. 69 of my 7th grade students completed a survey, providing qualitative and quantitative data. The data covers their preferred choice of how to spend their class time working on chosen assignments and why they believe I, as their teacher, built my classroom this way. Below are several charts and excerpts taken from the survey.