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July 05, 2019 Friday 03:03:56 PM IST

Computer science study mindset

Parent Interventions

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 undergraduate students.

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.