Building struggle into lessons can help students learn better than using direct instruction, according to research, and Singapore's education system is investing in 'productive failure' to help its already high-achieving students.
Teaching practices around growth mindset have come a long way in the last few years. Common pitfalls have emerged, as well as strong examples of programs that work. And through it all, educators need support in developing their own growth mindsets.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
We’ve heard the importance of failure and experimentation in learning. In this excellent interview on Science Friday, inventor James Dyson speaks about his direct experience with failures and schools’ need to accommodate it. “My life and my day are full of failures,” he says. “Failures are interesting.”