In this talk, Dr. Canning will discuss her recent research on cultivating growth mindset cultures in the classroom—the idea that anyone can develop their abilities over time with good strategies, hard work, and seeking help. Three empirical studies suggest that growth mindset messages from instructors inspire motivation and promote performance for people historically excluded due to their ethnicity/race, women in STEM fields, and first-generation college students. Discussion will center on evidenced-based, practical strategies that instructors can implement in their classes to narrow performance gaps and support stigmatized students.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Canning is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in the study of achievement motivation, social inequality, and social-psychological interventions in education and organizations.