Mindset, emotion, & learning

There are at least three distinct ways of thinking about mindset. All are bound up with emotion, and each has its own implications for learning and development.

Mindset & emotion

Mindset as a state of mind

Mindset as a way of understanding something specific

  • The way of understanding you are attempting to foster is beyond the reach of a particular individual. (Learners aren’t equipped with the knowledge or skills base required to fully comprehend or leverage your program’s content.)
  • The way of understanding you are attempting to foster is simplistic relative to a learners’ current skills or way of understanding. (Their skills or way of understanding is too advanced for your program.)
  • The way of understanding you are attempting to foster is maladaptive for the learners’ context. (You’re teaching transparency to leaders who will be viewed as weak if they so much as admit a single mistake.)
  • People learn at different rates—for genetic, historical, and contextual reasons.
  • The learner isn’t interested.

Mindset as a general way of understanding

Summing up

ViP info | ViP rationale

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Award-winning educator, scholar, & consultant, Dr. Theo Dawson, discusses a wide range of topics related to learning and development.

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Theo Dawson

Award-winning educator, scholar, & consultant, Dr. Theo Dawson, discusses a wide range of topics related to learning and development.