Productive Stupidity: Movement Towards a Growth Mindset in Graduate Research

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Session ID#: 25528

Session Description:
The intent of this pop-up session is to provide early career scientists the opportunity to exchange ideas regarding how they’ve developed a growth mindset in graduate school. A growth mindset is believing that intelligence is not a fixed trait, but something that is developed through deliberate practice. Crossing the threshold between “known” and “unknown” can be extremely uncomfortable and stressful, even paralyzing, especially in a culture that demands high impact results. Research suggest that one's mindset is an important factor in how one perceives this. That is, if we value looking smart (because who wants to look stupid?) over personal growth, we are more likely to experience the kind of cognitive dissonance that will eventually lead to burnout. But how do we balance personal growth with the expectations of a results-oriented culture? Example topics: navigating new cultures and perspectives on science, or lessons learned from the manuscript review process.
Primary Convener:  Niels Claes, UWYO, ESM, Laramie, WY, United States
Conveners:  Jason Mercer, University of Wyoming, Botany, Laramie, WY, United States and Carrie Jeanelle Gulvin, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States
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