NYU’s Aronson Wins IES Grant on Enhancing Student Performance via Intelligence Theory

Research into the psychology of intelligence has demonstrated the extent to which students’ academic performance improves when they are taught that intelligence is malleable and that people can get smarter in response to intellectual effort. Building on this research, a team of psychologists led by New York University’s Joshua Aronson has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to develop teacher-friendly materials for use with 8th and 9th grade students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The study’s aim is to help 8th and 9th grade students, who are notoriously prone to motivation problems, to think, feel, and behave in ways that promote good learning.

Aronson’s co-principal investigators on the project are Jennifer Mangels, associate professor of psychology at Baruch College, and Matthew McGlone, associate professor of communicat 500

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