»Developing growth mindset (GM) by university level teaching personnel and consequently their students.«
In 1988 Dr. Dweck sparked interest in researching mindsets by showing that those who believe their abilities are malleable (i.e. have a “growth mindset”) are more likely to embrace challenges and persist despite failure than those who view their abilities as non-changeable (i.e. “fixed mindset”). Growth mindset (GM) students seek out better feedback, persist for longer, cope better with transitions and develop better self-regulation. GM reduces stress in students, promotes wellbeing and emotional functioning, improves self-esteem, learning orientation, reduces helplessness and is linked with grit and pro-social behaviours. Research supports the idea that educator mindsets may influence the way they respond to students, which in turn has an impact on the students’ outcomes.
The objectives of the project are to help:
- improve continuous in-service training opportunities for tertiary educators to build their competencies for developing a GM of their students;
- GM faculty classroom culture by increasing the number of educators using GM concept in their practice;
- availability of free hands-on creative and inspiring activities for GM for lecturing at the university level;
- increased self-efficacy by university educators’ regarding their impact on students and on society;
- increased self-efficacy by university students’ regarding their studies and knowing how to transfer their KSAO to employment.
The role of STEP Institute
STEP Institute is responsible for IO4, namely GrowthMinds webinar for students. We will prepare a draft structure of a webinar, following guidelines from the IO3 and create learning and teaching materias. We will also deliver a pilot webinar to students in cooperation with associated partners, i.e. career centres of University in Ljubljana, Maribor and Primorska. We will also be in charge of recording the webinars and publishing them on YouTube. We will be in charge of communication with the partners during the project activities and supervise the translations of materials. We will also be in charge of managing the tasks among participating members at STEP. We will be involved in all activities connected to multiplier events. We will also be responsible for project coordination activities. We will take part in four short-term joint staff training events for project partners and in two transnational meetings.