The Growth Mindset

Dr. C.G. Krishnadas Nair
Published: February 2019
Chancellor - Dr. C.G. Krishnadas Nair

Education is an important element of the growth mindset. The premise of teaching and learning is that students can be trained to become adept at a particular subject and develop the skill sets to live a productive life. A more conscious application of this mindset in teaching pedagogies can prove to be very effective, especially for students who face a challenge during the course of their academic learning.

For every person whose success story makes news, there are scores who never make it and hence give up on their dreams. A difference between those who strive to achieve and those who give up does not stem just from abilities, but also from mindsets.

A presence of the “growth mindset”, a term first proposed by Carol Dwek, a psychologist, can be a key to offset perceived incapability while aiming for a goal. We are born with certain abilities and qualities, but the skills we acquire through learning and practice are often what determine the course of our lives. For instance, while someone can have an inclination towards tinkering with technology, no one is born an engineer. Becoming one takes disciplined efforts and dedication to the goal. Similarly, a person can like athletics but he or she has to train hard to become an athlete.

Believing that our capacities are limited to who and what we are at a certain point of time in our lives is counterproductive to development. Reaching for our boundaries and pushing against them helps us to expand and achieve our goals.

Education is an important element of the growth mindset. The premise of teaching and learning is that students can be trained to become adept at a particular subject and develop the skill sets to live a productive life.

A more conscious application of this mindset in teaching pedagogies can prove to be very effective, especially for students who face a challenge during the course of their academic learning. A reinforcement of the fact that training can help them overcome any difficulty in learning can make a difference between success and failure.

Our research centres at JAIN are constantly working towards creating teaching methodologies which are tailored to the needs of students. We have successfully implemented the growth mindset strategy to help improve the academic performance of our students and train them in life-skills. In the year 2019, we will continue to explore areas that will help students of the University further.

I hope all of you have a great year ahead!

Dr. CG Krishnadas Nair
Chancellor

 - Dr. C.G. Krishnadas Nair comes with years of experience in industry and academics and is the Chancellor of Jain University