OECD Growth Mindset workshop

Education theme

Learning/teaching methods and environments




About the idea

This collaboration looks at how growth mindset can be effectively taught on a wider scale in advanced economies.

The project builds on Professor Carol Dweck’s research into growth mindset, and new PISA data that shows there has been no real improvement in learning outcomes for at least a decade.


It seeks to understand where growth mindset practices do and do not work, and why.

Council of Luminaries member(s)
Professor Carol S. Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University


The OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member states. It seeks to stimulate economic progress and world trade.


In partnership with the OECD and Professor Carol Dweck, the Yidan Prize Foundation has launched a research project to examine the impact of growth mindsets on educational outcomes and student well-being. The project also examines the impact of helping teachers to create growth mindset cultures in their classrooms.

About the idea

Building on research by Carol, this project unpacks new data from the OECD PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). The numbers show a close relationship between the degree of students’ growth mindset, and their academic achievement, educational aspirations, and capacity to overcome obstacles.


Analysis of the PISA data reveals that in most advanced economies there has been no real improvement in learning outcomes over the last decade. It shows there is virtually no relationship between spending per student and results achieved. It suggests that the quality of instruction may be far more important than the number of hours students spend studying.


These insights provide important pointers on how excellence in education can be scaled—and this understanding may become even more important in the future. A world where people must constantly adapt and grow implies an obvious need to build the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning. A growth mindset is at the heart of this.


Carol's research has shown that we can effectively teach growth mindset to students. But it’s not yet fully understood how to create a program that teaches teachers on a large scale how to support growth mindsets in their classrooms.


The aim of this research is to inform teaching and learning practices that will enhance and sustain students’ growth mindset. The objective is to understand where and why growth mindset practices do and do not work.


With the vision of bringing this research to teachers around the world, the collaboration also focuses on the impact of cultural differences on how growth mindsets should be fostered and on the academic and social-emotional outcomes of growth mindset.

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