History of Intelligence 2: The Myth of the Bell Curve

(Jon Saphier)     Time: 17:27

The second section of this presentation presents the consistent and persuasive evidence that the bell curve of fixed ability is incorrect and that "effort-based ability" is valid. The presentation explores the consequences for achievement and life experience of the view of ability one holds, and goes on to profile how teachers can influence this vital belief system of students. 

Consider the following activities for application of the content in these two videos:

  • List practices and policies in your school that derive from and/or support (1) the growth oriented mind set about ability and (2) the fixed ability mindset. 
  • Do a book club study of Carol Dweckís Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2007).

For more information refer to pp. 309-316, the Appendix of the Expectations chapter of The Skillful Teacher.

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