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What a day for science!

September 22, 2010

Today, all of the freshmen were off campus for outdoor peer leadership activities, so I made use of the day to book back-to-back-to-back meetings. Most importantly, we had a huge breakthrough on the Dweck Research Project (Now called the “Mindset Project”). I met for almost an hour with A, my office mate and PhD psychologist, and S, the 5th grade science teacher. We’ve even got a draft of a research proposal started.

Some highlights:

  • We’re going to propose re-doing Dweck’s work on all 96 of the 5th graders, and possibly 6th graders as well
  • 9th graders are going to be our researchers, they will write the final proposal, do all the research, analysis and present their findings to students.
  • There are so many different angles we can pursue once we do this research—looking at gender effects, cohort effects (do students who enter school in 5th grade have a different mindset, possible pre-surveys for kids to determine their mindsets before the study) and so much more.

Anyway, I’m super excited about this project. I think it promises to also become an amazing longitudinal study that will not only train a group of students in what real science is like, but could also have big effects on the culture of the school.

Next step: finalize the proposal and stat getting the 9th graders pumped for the project.

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