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A muscular mind

Kids who are taught to persevere succeed where others fail

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 18, 2014

~~<p>Why does one 4-year-old try again and again to solve the toughest puzzle in the toybox, while another refuses to attempt the task even once? Why does a talented young athlete resist the practice that would take him from good to great? Why does a stereotypically &quot;smart&quot; middle-schooler hold back in group projects, while a low achiever nobody thought cared about school suddenly picks up steam?</p>
<p>Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck knows the answers to these questions and many more, thanks to three decades of systematic research on motivation, achievement and intelligence that helps explain why some children fulfill their potential while others of equal talent do not, why some give up rather than risk failure while others accept that mistakes are a natural part of the educational process and learn from them.</p>
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Why does one 4-year-old try again and again to solve the toughest puzzle in the toybox, while another refuses to attempt the task even once? Why does a talented young athlete resist the practice that would take him from good to great? Why does a stereotypically "smart" middle-schooler hold back in group projects, while a low achiever nobody thought cared about school suddenly picks up steam?

Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck knows the answers to these questions and many more, thanks to three decades of systematic research on motivation, achievement and intelligence that helps explain why some children fulfill their potential while others of equal talent do not, why some give up rather than risk failure while others accept that mistakes are a natural part of the educational process and learn from them. Login for more...



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