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The growth mindset - the power of imagination

When:Th 29-04-2021 20:00 - 21:00
Dr. Ofer Engel
Dr. Ofer Engel

Even small tweaks to the way you think about your intelligence can have surprising long-term effects on your academic performance. This is one of the insights coming from the study of the growth mindset, a set of interventions designed to increase students’ performance by familiarizing them with the plasticity of the human brain. For the past ten years, social scientists have been testing perceptions of human intelligence and their impact on students’ performance. In this session, we review scientific evidence that debunks the notion that abilities are fixed and that nothing can be done to change one’s intelligence.

Involving thousands of college students across a range of different community colleges, research over the past decade has found that a change in attitudes leads to an average of 4% rise in the number of applications and a 5% increase in long term student retention. Changing subjects’ attitudes towards learning had a significant impact especially among minority and first-generation college students.

Teachers witnessing this transformation in their schools have testified how heartening it was to experience its unfolding. They recounted the personal stories of students, who otherwise would have been dropping out or failing courses, but instead developed effective ways to engage with their coursework, simply by changing their outlook on who they were and developing their imagination on who they could become.

The session introduces the role of growth mindset paradigm, and its potential in higher education. Specifically, we review the results of years of research conducted by Stanford University's "Project for Education Research that Scales" (PERTS), a project that produced some of the most remarkable achievements in education today.

Dr. Ofer Engel

Ofer is a former physicist and software design engineer turned academic and educator. Currently working as an assistant Professor of Data Science at the University of Groningen, his main interest lies at the intersection between data science, social science and applied philosophy.


Date: 29 April 2021
Time: 20.00 - 21.00 o’clock
Location: Online
Tickets are free of charge, however we ask you to reserve a ticket so we can send you the link to the online lecture