Fixed and Growth Mindsets: Practical Strategies to Enhance Creative and Reflective Learning


  • Beverly Worek George Mason University
  • Janet Micari George Mason University



active learning, well-being, mindfulness, student engagement, student motivation, creativity, simulation, persistence, growth mindset, learning strategies,


Explore the power of a "growth mindset." Through her research on achievement and success, Dr. Carol Dweck (2008) states that "growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts" and "the hand you're dealt is just the starting point for development" (p. 7). She has found that "the fixed mindset- creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over" (p. 6).

Recalibrating a fixed mindset to a growth mindset reframes the learnerââ¬â¢s thought process to allow input that would otherwise be unavailable. Looking at learning through a growth mindset enables individuals to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, reflect on reflect on knowledge acquisition, and see possibilities.

Participants will explore their own mindset through a stimulation; they will engage in group activities to sort out ideas about fixed vs. growth mindsets. Attendees will learn strategies to help foster a growth environment. Applying these strategies can cultivate a love for learning, as well as resilience and persistence to attain goals. Participants will develop practical enhance learning and creative and reflective thinking.



Dweck, C. (2008). Mindset: the new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books.

Author Biographies

Beverly Worek, George Mason University

Adjunct professor; College of Education and Human Development;àEDUC 301 - Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural, instructor

Janet Micari, George Mason University

Adjunct professor; university field supervisor for the Masters of Arts in teaching program; instructor