Fixing the fixed mindset: Promoting a growth mindset in social work education
Keywords:growth mindset, social work education, social work mindset
One of the aims of social work education is to facilitate learners to develop skills of critical
thinking. Having a growth mindset opens greater possibilities to develop the skills and enhance
commitment to lifelong learning. In contrast, students and educators who possess a fixed
mindset focus on performance and less on learning. Furthermore, people with a fixed mindset
tend to engage in defensive behaviours and respond negatively to feedback. This article explores
the existing knowledge on both fixed mindset and growth mindset relevant to social work
education and my reflection as a learner and educator. It also offers some possible ideas to
increase self-awareness for social work learners, educators, and education providers.
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