Presenter Information

Mary Beier, Lynchburg CollegeFollow

Location

Sydnor Performance Hall

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

6-4-2016 3:45 PM

Abstract

Can non-cognitive skills such as a growth mindset or grit positively impact outcomes for students who live under the poverty line? This is an important question in light of the apparent achievement gap in schools between children who live in poverty and their peers. Teaching educators, students, and parents non-cognitive skills including growth mindset or grit could potentially improve the educational outcomes. This type of intervention is appealing because there would be a low cost; it would not be a policy change but an attitude change. Perhaps the belief that one can achieve can help motivate students to do so. This is a meta-analysis of current research on poverty and the impact of non-cognitive skills on classroom achievement. Some classic studies explored include Carol Dweck’s work studying growth mindset as well as Angela Lee Duckworth’s study of grit in children and adults. Observations were made about non-cognitive skills impact students’ outcomes, and suggestions are made for educators and parents.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Gail Brown

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Apr 6th, 3:30 PM Apr 6th, 3:45 PM

The Little Engine That Could: Closing the Achievement Gap How grit and growth mindset positively impact educational outcomes for students in poverty.

Sydnor Performance Hall

Can non-cognitive skills such as a growth mindset or grit positively impact outcomes for students who live under the poverty line? This is an important question in light of the apparent achievement gap in schools between children who live in poverty and their peers. Teaching educators, students, and parents non-cognitive skills including growth mindset or grit could potentially improve the educational outcomes. This type of intervention is appealing because there would be a low cost; it would not be a policy change but an attitude change. Perhaps the belief that one can achieve can help motivate students to do so. This is a meta-analysis of current research on poverty and the impact of non-cognitive skills on classroom achievement. Some classic studies explored include Carol Dweck’s work studying growth mindset as well as Angela Lee Duckworth’s study of grit in children and adults. Observations were made about non-cognitive skills impact students’ outcomes, and suggestions are made for educators and parents.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Presentations/31