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Interview: Kelly Elmore on Why Growth Mindsets Matter

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Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh interviewed educator Kelly Elmore about "Why Growth Mindsets Matter" in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success offers a new perspective on learning. People with a "fixed mindsets" believe that traits like intelligence or social skills are fixed and cannot be changed much. People with "growth mindsets" believe that humans have the potential to change the traits they possess and constantly learn and improve. As a part of the research for her dissertation, Kelly Elmore has explored the psychological research conducted by Dweck and other cognitive psychologists that led to Dweck's development of the concept of "mindsets." In this interview, she explained what mindsets are, how they impact our lives, and how we can develop growth mindsets in ourselves and encourage them in others. 

Kelly Elmore is working on her PhD in rhetoric and composition at Georgia State University.  She is in the planning stages of writing her dissertation, which will focus on Carol Dweck's concept of mindset and its relevance to writing. 

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