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SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators

Photo caption: A classroom at City Heights Prep is shown in this undated photo.

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A classroom at City Heights Prep is shown in this undated photo.

SDSU Professor Challenges Concept Widely Embraced By Educators


J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., professor of community college leadership, San Diego State University


The concept of "growth mindset" has been widely embraced by educators, but San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., said the concept is incomplete.

The growth mindset concept encourages educators to praise a student's effort, as opposed to the student's ability. It contends that acknowledging perseverance and improvement fosters hardy and resilient students.

But in the SDSU course, "Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education," Wood developed and is currently teaching, he argued that the concept is incomplete when it comes to underserved students, particularly boys and men of color.

"I welcome Dr. Wood's input and his deeply informed perspective," Carol Dweck a proponent of the growth mindset concept said in an email to KPBS. "I had this very discussion with my undergraduate class. We agreed that for some students, especially those laboring under negative stereotypes about their ability, reassurance about ability can be important. "I believe in your ability to do this" can be an important message."

Wood joins Midday Edition Monday to discuss why he believes the growth mindset concept is incomplete.

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