We hear about mindset all the time when it comes to entrepreneurship, professional athletes and anyone with an ultimate goal of success. However, we often neglect to speak about its importance when it comes to learning. What do we need to know when it comes to developing a learning mindset?
It’s important to identify if our mindset is allowing us to learn as well as we can, particularly for students who are studying for degrees that can determine their entire future!
learnnovators have constructed the following infographic that highlights 3 facts about the mindset in learning that are important to realise. Everyone has the potential to learn, but it really helps to have an interest in the subject.
Finally, as per Carol Dweck’s research, anyone can switch their mindset to a growth mindset if they want to and work hard at it. It is this type of mindset that leads to success, whether it in education or otherwise…
3 Steps to Developing a Learning Mindset
1. You Can Prime Your Brain
“You’ll spend decades oblivious to babies, prams and child care centers… But when you or your partner become pregnant, you’ll suddenly see them everywhere.”
Consciously or not, we make continuous decisions about how we direct our attention. Priming with questions, concepts or incentives helps focus and deepen our experiences.
TIP FOR LEARNING DESIGNERS: Prime a learning experience with open-ended scenarios and/or introductory videos.
2. Interest Drives Learning
“Learning can only happen when a child is interested. If he’s not interested, it’s like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.” ~ Katrina Gutleben
It’s not just children, interest drives our attention, makes us work harder, persist longer, and boosts our learning as a result.
TIP FOR LEARNING DESIGNERS: Adopt a marketing approach to learning and spell out the benefits/ WIIFM for the learner.
3. A Growth Mindset Matters
“You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.” ~ Carol Dweck.
Stanford Uni’s Carol Dweck defines a growth mindset as one where someone believes their talents and abilities can develop through effort and persistence. Her team has documented the huge positive impact such a mindset has on learning.
3 steps to developing a learning mindset; Source: learnnovators.com