mindset 

We consider a mindset to be an established set of attitudes held by an individual.  This can then impact on their actions. As a result, the type of mindset prevalent in a school has the ability to affect Great Learning.

 

An open-minded approach to learning, where individuals believe that they can affect change and growth supports the concept of Great Learning.   At Danube, learners and educators follow the principles of ‘Growth Mindset’ as developed by Carol Dweck. We teach and encourage ‘Growth Mindset’ qualities such as resilience, dedication, flexibility and hard work.  We believe that a growth mindset supports the ideal of Great Learning.

 

On the other hand, if a school encourages natural talent and minimal effort, then a fixed mindset dominates. According to Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset culture supports the notion that an individual lacks the ability to develop, nurture and change their own learning i.e. their natural talent determines learning outcomes and they are not empowered to affect their own success.  This will make students fearful of difficult challenges, will not enable them to develop to their full potential and prevent the development of life-long learning in its broadest sense.

Effort

Effort

Gratitude

Gratitude

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

"striving for EXCELLENCE by ENGAGING minds, EXCITING learners, acting ETHICALLY and showing EMPATHY"

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