Murray State Theses and Dissertations


The purpose of this study was to explore individual mindsets of elementary students and determine the extent to which mindsets reflect fixed or growth perspectives. During this qualitative study, individual interviews were conducted with third and fourth grade students, including ESL (English Second Language) students, middle class students as well poverty stricken students, special education students, and gifted students that attend South Heights Elementary. The findings report the mindsets of fixed or growth perspectives on perseverance through failures and personal grit. Conclusions were drawn based on the findings gathered to determine a correlation between students’ mindsets and their involvement with a consistent, supportive adult as well as their current socioeconomic status.

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Dissertation Committee Chair

Brian Bourke

Committee Chair

Brian Bourke

Committee Member

Jamie Mahoney

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Nancy Gibson

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