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    Huge Study Finds Professors' Attitudes Affect Students' Grades

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    A huge study at Indiana University, led by Elizabeth Canning, finds that the attitudes of instructors affect the grades their students earned in classes. The researchers conducted their study by sending out a simple survey to all the instructors of STEM courses at Indiana University, asking whether professors felt that a student's intelligence is fixed and unchanging or whether they thought it could be developed. Then, the researchers were given access to two years' worth of students' grades in those instructors' classes, covering a total of 15,000 students. Ars Technica reports:

    The results showed a surprising difference between the professors who agreed that intelligence is fixed and those who disagreed (referred to as "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset" professors). In classes taught by fixed mindset instructors, Latino, African-American, and Native American students averaged grades 0.19 grade points (out of four) lower than white and Asian-American students. But in classes taught by "growth mindset" instructors, the gap dropped to just 0.10 grade points. No other factor the researchers analyzed showed a statistically significant difference among classes -- not the instructors' experience, tenure status, gender, specific department, or even ethnicity. Yet their belief about whether a students' intelligence is fixed seems to have had a sizable effect.

    The students' course evaluations contain possible clues. Students reported less "motivation to do their best work" in the classes taught by fixed mindset professors, and they also gave lower ratings for a question about whether their professor "emphasize[d] learning and development." Students were less likely to say they'd recommend the professor to others, as well. Is it possible that the fixed mindset professors just happen to teach the hardest classes? The student evaluations also include a question about how much time the course required -- the average answer was slightly higher for fixed mindset professors, but the difference was not statistically significant. Instead, the researchers think the data suggests that -- in any number of small ways -- instructors who think their students' intelligence is fixed don't keep their students as motivated, and perhaps don't focus as much on teaching techniques that can encourage growth. And while this affects all students, it seems to have an extra impact on underrepresented minority students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
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    This is absolutely true. I got 1 A in chemistry. It was from a British professor (at least I think so from the accent) who said at the beginning of class "Some of you who have never gotten better than a B in chemistry this time will get an A. And some of you who have never gotten B will this time get an A. That is because I believe in you and I know you can do it." The class was not easy. But he created an expectation and we lived up to it. One funny story. On one exam he had made a mistake in a question. I saw a couple of other people go up to his desk and he nodded. I was headed up their when he stood up, visibly upset, and said "Okay. I know I made a mistake on question #X. So you don't need to come trot, trot, trotting up here to point it out to me!" I still laugh when I think about it. But he's one of the best teachers I ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmdrake View Post
    This is absolutely true. I got 1 A in chemistry. It was from a British professor (at least I think so from the accent) who said at the beginning of class "Some of you who have never gotten better than a B in chemistry this time will get an A. And some of you who have never gotten B will this time get an A. That is because I believe in you and I know you can do it." The class was not easy. But he created an expectation and we lived up to it. One funny story. On one exam he had made a mistake in a question. I saw a couple of other people go up to his desk and he nodded. I was headed up their when he stood up, visibly upset, and said "Okay. I know I made a mistake on question #X. So you don't need to come trot, trot, trotting up here to point it out to me!" I still laugh when I think about it. But he's one of the best teachers I ever had.
    Its good to find those rare kinds of teachers.

    Sounds to me like what happened was he was teaching by example. Teachers are humans. They make mistakes, sometimes. Its also human nature to try to hide our mistakes. But if we see a teacher make a mistake and own up to it, we learn from his behavior that it is okay to make mistakes as long as we take responsibility for those mistakes. Thus, it is an opportunity to learn as much from Observed Behavior as by Information.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    I had a friend whose sister took the same class and wrote a paper. She received an A. My friend suspected that the teacher didn't like him, so he copied her paper and turned it in: 1 because he is lazy, but more importantly to see if he would get the same grade for the same paper. Nope, he received a C.



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