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Value of Mistakes

By Arietta Fleming-Davies1, Jeremy M Wojdak2

1. QUBES; Radford University 2. Radford University

This module familiarizes students with brain research describing our physiological response to mistakes, and how making mistakes is a useful part of learning.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group BIOMAAP: Biology Student Math Attitudes and Anxiety Program

Version 1.0 - published on 03 Oct 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4TH9C - cite this

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This module familiarizes students with brain research describing our physiological response to mistakes, and how making mistakes is a useful part of learning. Surprisingly, people with a growth mindset—those who believe that intelligence and ability respond to effort, and are not innate-- have measurably different brain activity after making a mistake. In other words, growth mindset individuals pay more attention to mistakes, leading to better error correction and deeper learning.

The student activity is a short journaling assignment. This module goes well with the “Answer checking” module, and the Powerpoint in-class version combines those two activities. “Introduction to Growth Mindset” is recommended before this one.

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