More and more students enter college in need of math remediation. Students in remedial math courses tend to report low self-efficacy, which negatively affects academic performance. To help low-achieving students succeed, researchers such as Dweck (2006) find that fostering a growth mindset increases self-efficacy and academic performance. The purpose of the present study was to explore the effects of a growth mindset intervention on the self-efficacy and performance of students in remedial math. It was hypothesized that students who participated in the growth mindset intervention would report higher levels of self-efficacy and test scores than the students who did not. Descriptively the results were in the anticipated direction, however results of an independent samples t-test were non-significant for self-efficacy and academic performance. These findings suggest preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of the growth mindset intervention and warrant further investigation.
Fleurizard, Tyrone A. and Young, Patrick R.
"Finding the Right Equation for Success: An Exploratory Study on the Effects of a Growth Mindset Intervention on College Students in Remedial Math,"
Journal of Counseling and Psychology: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.gardner-webb.edu/jcp/vol2/iss1/3