You have read Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success, watched a video presentation by Carol Dweck, and read Kohn’s critique of the growth mindset movement, “The Perils of ‘Growth Mindset’ Education: Why We’re Trying to Fix Our Kids When We Should Be Fixing the System.”
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Evaluate Kohn’s analysis of Dweck’s Mindset. Do you agree or disagree with his overall critique, that the book is promising but flawed?
Pick three of Kohn’s critiques to write about. For each critique of the growth mindset, you will write one body paragraph about whether or not you agree with this critique.
any praise is problematic
intrinsic interest may suffer
focuses too much on individual instead of society
endorses larger conservative agenda
Your essay should have the following elements:
Your own title,
An introductory paragraph which starts with a “hook,” includes background, and ends with a thesis,
Your introductory paragraph should introduce your reader to Carol Dweck (who is she and why should we trust her?) and provide definitions of both fixed and growth mindsets (What is a “fixed mindset? What is a growth mindset? Why do they matter?),
Body paragraphs which start with a topic sentence that supports the thesis by telling the reader the critique addressed in the paragraph and indicates your general response to the critique (i.e. do you agree disagree),
You must reference Dweck’s book and the critique within each paragraph,
Explanation/analysis sentence after these points,
Transitional words or phrases, which help the reader shift from one idea to the next (e.g., “One,” “another,” “finally,” “also,” “in addition,” etc.),
A concluding paragraph that restates the thesis with new words and provides the “so what” factor.
Format your paper in MLA (12 point font and a works cited page, no extra space between paragraphs or at top or bottom of page, MLA formatting)
Your final draft should be approximately 3 – 5 pages long (800-1350 words)
MLA formatted. Here’s a link to a sample MLA formatted essay (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. available on the Purdue owl website
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