Saying Yes to Science: It’s About Attitude More Than Aptitude

TC’s Xiaodong Lin will lead a $2.5 million study, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will teach kids that Einstein struggled, too – and that the brain can change…

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Stanford and Columbia’s Teachers College receive $2.5 million to motivate students to pursue science

The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have an enrollment problem. Sixty percent of students who enter college with the goal of majoring in a STEM subject…

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TC’s Xiaodong Lin to Play Key Role in China’s Effort to Educate Its Minorities

Xiaodong Lin, a TC faculty member who is an authority on cognition, culture and technology, has been named Director of the Advisory Board of Research for China’s new National Research…

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Studies Offer Practical Ways to Bring ‘Growth Mindset’ Research to Schools

For the past decade, researchers have accumulated a growing pile of evidence on the effectiveness of “growth mindset” interventions that teach students that intelligence is like a muscle that strengthens with effort…

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Xiaodong Lin to Lead Presidential Invited Panel at 2015 AERA Convention

Xiaodong Lin, Associate Professor of Cognitive Studies in the Department of Human Development, will share her research about how to capitalize on students’ fear of failure to improve their motivation…

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CBS News, “How Einstein’s Struggles Might Help Teens with Science” (Feb 15th, 2016)

Marie Curie spent years trying to isolate the radioactive element polonium to no avail. Albert Einstein had to flee Nazi Germany to avoid persecution as a Jew. Stories of the…

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Scientists’ Struggles Can Energize Students, Boost Science Grades

Stories of people who’ve had to struggle and persevere through adversity in order to reach success have long been the central themes of our favorite books and movies. Now a…

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Learning About Struggles of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed in Science

WASHINGTON — High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according…

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