Science Café Cleveland – Mindset Theory


Talk Science, Drink Beer

  • Venue:Concert Hall
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:30 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission
Controversies Over Whether Students' Beliefs in the Sources of Intelligence Influence their School Achievements

Join scientists from across the region for a lively discussion of science topics.
These events are FREE/no cover charge and open to the public.
A full menu and bar are available.

Brooke MacNamara, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
According to mindset theory, individuals believe either that their intelligence can grow with effort (i.e., they hold what is called a “growth mindset”) or that intelligence is relatively stable (i.e., hold a “fixed mindset”). Some earlier research findings have suggested that holding a growth mindset is beneficial and results in individuals having a greater propensity to try and overcome challenges, whereas holding a fixed mindset is thought to be detrimental, leading to a greater likelihood of giving up too easily when faced with a challenge or even avoiding situations where they might be challenged.

These ideas have been widely circulated in the education community and led to intervention programs designed to encourage the growth mindset in students. Brooke recently tested the effectiveness of such interventions on academic achievement and found that these claims may have been overstated. Join us at this month’s Science Cafe Cleveland as she shares these findings.

Event Sponsors

  • The Case Western Reserve chapter of Sigma Xi
  • WCPN ideastream
  • ACES+ program at Case Western Reserve University
  • Music Box Supper Club

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