SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
For this assignment, imagine that you are conducting research for paper you are writing on “growth mindset.” In your research, you found an article from the New York Times and another one from the CHI ’14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Both articles are linked in the Resources list below. Note: These articles were chosen to provide examples of scholarly and non-scholarly articles and may not be in your field of study.
Read Rae-Dupree’s 2008 newspaper article, “If You’re Open to Growth, You Tend to Grow” from the New York Times.
Skim O’Rourke, Haimovitz, Ballweber, Dweck, and Popovic’s 2014 article, “Brain Points: A Growth Mindset Incentive Structure Boosts Persistence in an Educational Game” from the CHI ’14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Open the Writing and Research Worksheet in the Resources. Using the Writing and Research Worksheet, write two paragraphs answering the following questions: What type of information is included in the scholarly article but not in the newspaper article that provides you with a deeper understanding of the topic? How could the scholarly article be more helpful to you when supporting the arguments?
Using APA style, cite each article at least once in your response and include a reference citation for the New York Times article at the end. Note: The resources located in [u01s2] Unit 1 Study 2 will help you complete this assignment.
After three decades of painstaking research, the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes that the answer to the puzzle lies in how people think about intelligence and talent. Those who believe they were born with all the smarts and gifts they’re ever going to have approach life with what she calls a “fixed mind-set.” Those who believe that their own abilities can expand over time, however, live with a “growth mind-set.”
Guess which ones prove to be most innovative over time.
“Society is obsessed with the idea of talent and genius and people who are ‘naturals’ with innate ability,” says Ms. Dweck, who is known for research that crosses the boundaries of personal, social and developmental psychology.
“People who believe in the power of talent tend not to fulfill their potential because they’re so concerned with looking smart and not making mistakes. But people who believe that talent can be developed are the ones who really push, stretch, confront their own mistakes and learn from them.”
In this case, nurture wins out over nature just about every time.
While some managers apply these principles every day, too many others instead believe that hiring the best and the brightest from top-flight schools guarantees corporate success.
Continue reading the main story
The problem is that, having been identified as geniuses, the anointed become fearful of falling from grace. “It’s hard to move forward creatively and especially to foster teamwork if each person is trying to look like the biggest star in the constellation,” Ms. Dweck says.
In her 2006 book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” she shows how adopting either a fixed or growth attitude toward talent can profoundly affect all aspects of a person’s life, from parenting and romantic relationships to success at school and on the job. SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
She attributes the success of several high-profile chief executives to their growth mind-set, citing an ability to energize a work force. These include John F. Welch Jr. of General Electric, who valued teamwork over individual genius; Louis V. Gerstner Jr. of I.B.M., who dedicated his book about I.B.M.’s turnaround to “the thousands of I.B.M.’ers who never gave up on their company”; and Anne M. Mulcahy of Xerox, who focused on morale and development of her people even as she implemented painful cuts.
But Ms. Dweck does not suggest that recruiters ignore innate talent. Instead, she suggests looking for both talent and a growth mind-set in prospective hires — people with a passion for learning who thrive on challenge and change.
Newsletter Sign Up
Continue reading the main story
Sign up for the all-new DealBook newsletter
Our columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and his Times colleagues help you make sense of major business and policy headlines — and the power-brokers who shape them.
Top of Form
You will receive emails containing news content, updates and promotions from The New York Times. You may opt-out at any time.
Bottom of Form
· SEE SAMPLE
· OPT OUT OR CONTACT US ANYTIME
After reading her book, Scott Forstall, senior vice president of Apple in charge of iPhonesoftware, contacted Ms. Dweck to talk about his experience putting together the iPhone development team. Mr. Forstall told her that he identified a number of superstars within various departments at Apple and asked them in for a chat.
At the beginning of each interview, he warned the recruit that he couldn’t reveal details of the project he was working on. But he promised the opportunity, Ms. Dweck says, “to make mistakes and struggle, but eventually we may do something that we’ll remember the rest of our lives.”
Only people who immediately jumped at the challenge ended up on the team. “It was his intuition that he wanted people who valued stretching themselves over being king of their particular hill,” she says.
People with a growth mind-set tend to demonstrate the kind of perseverance and resilience required to convert life’s setbacks into future successes. That ability to learn from experience was cited as the No. 1 ingredient for creative achievement in a poll of 143 creativity researchers cited in “Handbook of Creativity” in 1999.
Which leads one to ask: Is it possible to shift from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set?
Absolutely, according to Ms. Dweck. But, “it’s not easy to just let go of something that has felt like your self for many years,” she writes. Still, she says, “nothing is better than seeing people find their way to things they value.”
Janet Rae-Dupree writes about science and emerging technology in Silicon Valley.
A version of this article appears in print on , on Page BU3 of the New York edition with the headline: If You’re Open To Growth, You Tend To Grow. Order Reprints| Today’s Paper|Subscribe
Continue reading the main story SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
The Roots of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more