2015-2016 Reading Circle:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. 

Publisher's Description

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals a key concept about success: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Why Mindset?

In addition to the important implications that Dweck's research on fixed and growth mindsets havefor teaching, learning, pedagogy, and course design, the concepts have informed SOTL work in many disciplines. The concepts in Mindset also intersect with many of the reading circles sponsored by the VTLC in previous years on learner-centered teaching, stereotype threat, and how learning works.

About the Author

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly book Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development was named Book of the Year by the World Education Federation. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20.


  • November 2015: This year's book is announced. VTLC Advisory Committee campus representatives will coordinate participants on their campuses.
  • December 2015: VTLC Advisory Committee campus representatives will distribute copies of the book to participants.
  • Early spring semester, 2016: VTLC Reading Circle activities online and on campuses will begin.

Questions for Reflective Practice

Please feel free to use these questions for reflective practice as you read and discuss the book.  Enjoy the discussion and reflection!