Computer science study mindset
A recent study by North Carolina State
University has found that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes
significantly increased interest in computer science for both male and female
Human attributes are malleable, having
significant consequences for self-regulation and goal achievement. Based on
this aspect, an experiment was developed to determine whether a 'growth
mindset' intervention would affect student interest and performance in computer
science.A group of 245 students was shown four online growth mindset modules
over the course of the class, stressing that anyone can learn computer science
if they apply them themselves.A control group of 246 students was shown four
online modules that focused on student health, such as making sure to exercise
and get enough sleep.
The researchers found that students who received the growth mindset intervention were more interested in computer science than students who received the control group intervention. Theincrease in interest was identical for both male and female students who received the growth mindset intervention.