Dangers of a fixed mindset: implications of self-theories research for computer science education

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dc.contributor.author Thomas, Lynda
dc.contributor.author Murphy, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-26T09:52:51Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-26T09:52:51Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06
dc.identifier.citation Thomas , L & Murphy , L 2008 , ' Dangers of a fixed mindset: implications of self-theories research for computer science education ' pp. 271-275 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 77608
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/651
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/651
dc.identifier.uri http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1384271.1384344 en
dc.description Murphy, L. and Thomas, L. 2008. Dangers of a fixed mindset: implications of self-theories research for computer science education. In Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference on innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (Madrid, Spain, June 30 - July 02, 2008). ITiCSE '08. ACM, New York, NY, 271-275. en
dc.description.abstract Psychology studies have shown that students' beliefs about their own intelligence--whether they view intelligence as fixed or malleable-have an important influence on student development and achievement. Yet the impact of these theories on success in Computer Science (CS) has not been directly investigated. Self-theories research has shown that students with a fixed mindset are more likely to exhibit a helpless response to substantial challenges and to experience decreases in self-esteem during college. Those with a growth mindset welcome challenges, displaying a mastery-oriented response, and maintaining self-esteem, primarily because they attribute failure to a lack of effort rather than a lack of intellectual ability. This paper introduces self-theories research, and relates this research to several issues in CS Education. We then make suggestions for how CS educators can consider self-theories in their teaching and research. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.title Dangers of a fixed mindset: implications of self-theories research for computer science education en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Conference paper en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Computer Science en
dc.contributor.institution Software Engineering en
dc.description.status Non peer reviewed en


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