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Abstract Title: Reflections on a Context-Dependent Beliefs Approach to Studying Mindset
Abstract: The mindset literature is a longstanding area of psychological research focused on beliefs about intelligence, response to challenge, and goals for learning. However, the mindset literature's applicability to the context of college physics has not been widely studied. Drawing on research frameworks in physics education on context-dependent epistemological beliefs, we took a context-dependent approach to studying mindset. Narrowing in on students' responses to challenge, we asked: Can we see responses to challenge in college physics that resemble that of the mindset literature? We developed a coding scheme to characterize interview data with respect to both challenge and students' responses to challenge. We found that the terrain of college physics is complex: many kinds of student responses to challenge cannot be neatly explained by intelligence beliefs. We reflect on the question: What can be learned by student dialogue that fits neatly into mindset categories versus dialogue that is necessarily more complex?
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B73

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Angela Little
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Bridget Humphrey, Michigan State University
Abigail Green, Michigan State University
Abhilash Nair, Michigan State University
Andrew Elby, University of Maryland
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University