Carol Dweck, Stanford’s Lewis and Eaton Professor of Psychology, is the inaugural recipient of the Yidan Prize for Educational Research. Dweck’s research has focused on identifying two different frameworks through which people consider their own intelligence. The first is called a “fixed mindset” and maintains that there is a predetermined cap on each person’s intelligence. The second is called a “growth mindset,” under which one’s intelligence has the capacity to continually expand.
The Yidan Prize, awarded by entrepreneur Charles Chen Yidan, is a $3.9 million grant that aims to establish a platform for the improvement of education around the world by spurring conversations about education as well as promoting educational philanthropy.
The Daily spoke with Dweck about her research and future plans.