AOI | Learning Innovations
Faculty Highlight—Growth Mindset
In September 2019, our blog on Growth Mindset was posted. Lori Nelson, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Biology department, implemented the exam autopsy strategy (pdf) in her General Ecology (Bio 372) course. An exam autopsy encourages students to reflect on how they prepared for an exam and make connections between their preparation process and how they did on a given test.
After their first exam, Dr. Nelson had students complete an exam autopsy during lecture. The results? Students reported learning new strategies for studying and test taking and were able to apply those strategies to subsequent exams.
By providing students with time to reflect, they learn that through new or different strategies growth and improvement are possible despite initial failure or challenges.
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