Title

Middle School Students' Mindsets Before and After Open-Ended Problems

Document Type

Abstract

Publication Date

Fall 12-19-2018

Publication Title

Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College

Volume

9

Issue

2

First page number:

27

Last page number:

36

Abstract

Growth mindset is an important belief for students to be successful in mathematics and in their current and future lives. Solving open-ended problems also has many positive benefits for students. Little research has been conducted though on growth mindset and mathematics at the middle school level and particularly growth mindset with open-ended problems. This study explored middle school students’ mindsets before and after a four-week Saturday program that incorporated open-ended problems. We also looked at the quality of solutions developed by the students. It was found that the students generally had growth mindsets with some fixed ideas at the beginning of the study that improved to strong growth mindsets at the conclusion of the four weeks. The students also improved on their quality of solutions from the first to the last open- ended activity. Implications for the implementation and research of open-ended problems are discussed.

Keywords

Growth mindset; Open-ended problem solving; Middle school

Disciplines

Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Science and Mathematics Education

Language

English


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