This will happen in all areas ex personalities etc

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this will happen in all areas (ex. personalities, etc). Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Can we teach children to change their beliefs about ability? Math Performance in Junior High as a function of malleability beliefs. Describe prospective experimental data. 7 Dweck 2007 100 kids from low SES did very bad once they hit 7th grade. they were set up with a program that tried to change their beliefs in intelligence. she taught them neuroscience and how the brain learns and expands with experience. She does this intervention. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Study 2: Intervention 100 students doing poorly in math were targeted for study skills intervention. Two types of intervention: Traditional study skills Growth Mindset intervention “Learned that the brain actually forms new connections every time you learn something new, and that over time this makes you smarter.” 8 Audio dweck 2007 examples on npr - 1.mp3 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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9 Results for Study 2 she knew which kids were incremental or entity theorists; within 2 years there was an intervention. control condition shows no improvement, in fact they went downward. the experimental went upward!!! we can design interventions that will challenge kids theories and make them see the changeable theory which will lead to better performance. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Can this research be generalized to examine social challenges shyness: “an affective behavioral syndrome characterized by social anxiety and interpersonal inhibition that results from the prospect of being evaluated by others” a lot of social issues with being shy... paradox! you will likely have an entity theory if you had parents (classic american parents) that focused on what you are good at and what you can and cannot do (unlike asian parents that focus on hard work) if an asian child starts doing poorly in math the parent will help the child work through it. if the child continues to do badly, the parent will get the text book and they will do the work before hand. an american parent will say “i am sorry you are doing badly in math but look at all the other things you are good at” if you focus on child abilities and praise them for it, it makes them entity- theorists. upper-class kids are especially vulnerable Paradox: especially motivated to create good impression but especially doubtful of their ability to do so 10 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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10 Beliefs about shyness: Beer, 2002 110 college students whose level of shyness and beliefs about shyness were measured. does this generalize? does your opinion about shyness influence how you cope with different social situations? 3 5-min interactions with student never met. “get acquainted with one another” “My shyness is something about me that I cannot change very much” “I can change aspects of my shyness if I want to” when he was a college student K felt shy but he felt that he didn’t always have to be like that and he wasn’t like that with sister, but some shy people feel that they are permanently like that.
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