3 Facts about Mindset in Learning Infographic
Mindset is an often ignored yet crucial factor in learning. The 3 Facts about Mindset in Learning Infographic presents three well established aspects of mindset in learning, and each is supported with tips for learning designers to make the most of them.
1. You Can Prime Your Brain
“You’ll spend decades oblivious to babies, prams and child care centers… But when you or your partner become pregnant, you’ll suddenly see them everywhere.”
Consciously or not, we make continuous decisions about how we direct our attention. Priming with questions, concepts or incentives helps focus and deepen our experiences.
TIP FOR LEARNING DESIGNERS: Prime a learning experience with open-ended scenarios and/or introductory videos.
2. Interest Drives Learning
“Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he’s not interested, it’s like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.” ~ Katrina Gutleben
It’s not just children, interest drives our attention, makes us work harder, persist longer, and boosts our learning as a result.
TIP FOR LEARNING DESIGNERS: Adopt a marketing approach to learning and spell out the benefits/ WIIFM for the learner.
3. A Growth Mindset Matters
“You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.” ~ Carol Dweck.
Stanford Uni’s Carol Dweck defines a growth mindset as one where someone believes their talents and abilities can develop through effort and persistence. Her team has documented the huge positive impact such a mindset has on learning.
TIP FOR LEARNING DESIGNERS: Show learners how they can learn to learn, and provide safe, supportive environments for them to fail and learn.