Nineteen tools, five key components
Within this GRIT project, a toolbox has been developed in which nineteen tools can be found to support the development of a growth mindset in fourteen- to sixteen-year-old students. We believe that this is an important age cohort in terms of preventing early school leaving.
The tools are organized based on the five key components of Dweck’s Growth Mindset concept, together with the three related psychological factors, as shown in figure 1.
Figure. The five key components and three psychological factors in the Growth Mindset concept
For each tool, you can find:
- The specific objectives of the intervention for both teachers and students.
The five relevant components of the Growth Mindset concept as mentioned above, are in bold letters and reoccur in the introductory mind map (figure 2). The tools explore how students deal with the five key elements of the concept and five different colors are used to refer to those key elements in the mind map.
- A comprehensive step-by-step plan.
- The materials needed to execute the intervention.
- The required time.
Figure 2. GRIT toolbox: introductory map
The GRIT toolbox has different objectives, for both teachers and students. Specific objectives are included in the toolbox.
The main transversal objectives for teachers are:
- gaining insight in the type of mindset of their students
- fostering a growth mindset in students
- fostering positive student-teacher relationships.
The main transversal objectives for students are (as mentioned in the figure above):
- setting realistic goals
- experiencing a sense of belonging at school
- developing self-regulatory skills.
Download the toolbox in different languages: (English, Dutch, French, Polish, Portuguese)
There is also an extensive manual of this toolbox available in project output IO2.