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Session Overview
Session
WS165: Growing a Mindset Culture for an Inclusive Classroom
Time:
Monday, 15/Nov/2021:
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Session Chair: Dr. Stephanie Cutler, Penn State, United States of America
Session Chair: Dr. Sarah Zappe, Penn State, United States of America
Session Chair: Prof. Elio San Cristóbal, UNED, Spain
Location: Room D (3.31) Humanities Faculty

Floor 3

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Have you ever thought about you the innate abilities of your students? Does your class structure and messaging tell them they can grow and learn and improve as they complete your course? These questions link to a factor that has been shown to impact student success across underrepresented groups - mindset. Mindset here refers to Dweck’s fixed (innate) and growth (malleable) nature of intelligence and other characteristics. This workshop will present how organizational and classroom culture with respect to messages around mindset can impact the experience of underrepresented students. Specifically, the mindset beliefs of the course instructor with respect to the nature of their students’ ability (fixed or growth) can have substantial and significant impact on closing the achievement gaps for underrepresented students. This workshop will focus on reflecting on faculty instructional practices, messaging, and perspectives to move towards promoting a growth mindset and an inclusive classroom.

Session Abstract

The facilitators both work within a teaching and learning center housed within the College of Engineering at a US landgrant institution. The team has educational backgrounds in engineering education and educational psychology. They have extensive experience leading workshops for faculty in in-person and remote environments and have received multiple awards for their innovative workshops.

Dr. Stephanie Cutler holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. She is an associate research professor and the assessment and instructional support specialist in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. She served as a Director for the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) division in 2020/2021 and is currently serving as the 2022 Vice Chair of Programs. She has served on the executive leadership team to establish the ASEE Faculty Development Division and aided in developing their inaugural program in 2018 and continued to further the program by serving as the division’s Program Chair for the 2019 and 2020 annual ASEE Conferences. Her primary research interest includes faculty development, the peer review process, the doctoral experience, and the adoption of evidencebased teaching strategies.

Dr. Sarah Zappe is a research professor and director of assessment and instructional support in the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. She leads the portfolio of faculty development initiatives that are offered within the College of Engineering. Zappe is an Educational Psychologist with a background in applied test development and measurement. She has worked in a faculty development role for more than 15 years. In addition to her role in the College of Engineering, she also holds an affiliate faculty position in the Educational Psychology department at Penn State. She is a national leader in engineering education research and has served as an external evaluator on many NSF grants. Her research background is varied, focusing on evidence-based instructional support, faculty development, and entrepreneurship education. In addition to her role in the Leonhard Center, Zappe is deputy editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and served as the division chair for the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) from 2019-2021.


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Growing a Mindset Culture for an Inclusive Classroom

Stephanie Cutler, Sarah Zappe

Penn State, United States of America

Have you ever thought about you the innate abilities of your students? Does your class structure and messaging tell them they can grow and learn and improve as they complete your course? These questions link to a factor that has been shown to impact student success across underrepresented groups - mindset. Mindset here refers to Dweck’s fixed (innate) and growth (malleable) nature of intelligence and other characteristics. This workshop will present how organizational and classroom culture with respect to messages around mindset can impact the experience of underrepresented students. Specifically, the mindset beliefs of the course instructor with respect to the nature of their students’ ability (fixed or growth) can have substantial and significant impact on closing the achievement gaps for underrepresented students. This workshop will focus on reflecting on faculty instructional practices, messaging, and perspectives to move towards promoting a growth mindset and an inclusive classroom.