Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Caroline Hall

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Department of Psychology

Advisor(s)

Tracy Zinn, Ph.D.

Abstract

The researcher investigated the relationships between growth mindset and performance and statistics self-efficacy and performance in interteaching courses. The study included college students enrolled in one section of a Psychological Statistics and Measurements class. Participants completed a mindset survey indicating their level of growth mindset. Participants then completed a Statistics Self-Efficacy Survey. Finally, participants completed a demographics survey. Participants completed the mindset survey again in the middle of the semester as well as at the end of the semester. The researchers also collected behavioral data including the number of emails participants sent throughout the course and the number of preparation guides missed. Students completed four tests during the semester. There was a significant negative relationship between growth mindset of intelligence and grades. Growth mindset did not increase across time during the interteaching course. There was not a significant relationship between growth mindset of intelligence and number of preparation guides missed. There was not a significant relationship between growth mindset of intelligence and number of emails. The findings of this study suggest that aspects of interteaching courses might create an environment that supports students with lower levels of growth mindset and growth mindset may be related to long-term academic performance.

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