For many years I’ve championed the importance of mindset for achieving in education, its one of the reasons I started the Winning Minds Movement, to create awareness of its importance.
But here’s the good thing, its not just my opinion there’s a body of evidence from experts to support it.
Whats also becoming clearer is what type of mindset is required. The evidence tells us this:
A mindset for success is about effort, work ethic and belief that perseverance pays off. Much of the evidence tells us that those who put in the effort and focus on ‘giving it their best shot’ will win the day.
After all, there’s no better feeling than walking away from something knowing you have given a 100%; because that’s all anyone can ask of you – including yourself.
Heres some of the most recent evidence on how mindset can make the difference
“Analysts from the management consultancy firm McKinsey and Company examined the results of 15-year-old pupils in the 27 EU countries and 12 non-EU countries that participated in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) study.
There were a number of consistent findings. Across Europe, pupils’ mindset explained a greater proportion of their Pisa score (29 per cent) than their home environment.
In other regions, too, mindset had between double and triple the effect of home environment on Pisa results. “Mindsets matter everywhere,” the McKinsey analysts say.
Certain types of mindset were particularly effective. Those pupils who were able to identify what motivation looks like in day-to-day life – including doing more than is expected, and working on tasks until everything is perfect – were the most likely to succeed. This was true even when controlled for socioeconomic status, location and type of school.
Pupils who had a strong sense of belonging to their school, who had low test anxiety and who believed that schoolwork would be useful for their future careers also performed well, as did those who believed that they would succeed with sufficient hard work.
To be clear, mindsets alone cannot overcome economic and social barriers,” the analysts say. “Our research does, however, suggest that mindsets matter a great deal, particularly for those living in the most challenging circumstances.”