Between March and October 2021, Winning Scotland surveyed 300 teachers from 30 local authorities across Scotland about their activity and attitude relating to growth mindset in education.
Their responses show that nearly all teachers (87%) are using growth mindset, and the vast majority (also 87%) are seeing a range of positive outcomes, including improvements in:
Headlines – what did we learn?
About the survey
The 2021 survey is the second such national audit of mindset activity. We conducted our first mapping exercise in 2016, when 583 teachers from 32 local authorities responded. Here’s how it compares, and how the landscape has changed.
Is mindset for everyone?
36 of 300 teachers (12%) said they were not using mindset in their teaching.
What did the teachers say?
Teachers left a range of comments relating to the positive outcomes they had seen from using mindset, the challenges they faced, and criticisms of the approach:
In general, though, reactions to growth mindset, from 300 teachers across Scotland, was overwhelmingly positive:
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