“Thus, for many students, past failure, provided objective evidence of their academic inadequacy” (Cox 6). It can be said that the unknown fear creates a wall that the students can not break in order to study. This can be said that there are students who think they are not being able to challenge new problems as they are restricted with a certain amount of knowledge. It is also evident that the students afraid of studies.
“In short, students with this growth mindset believe that intelligence is a potential that can be realized through learning” (Dweck 1). According to Dwek, the primary reason behind students demotivation is their absurd concept regarding intellect. There are number of students who think that people have a certain amount of fixed intellect or mindset ((Dweck, Carol). According to Cox, the primary reason behind students’ failure is their fear for studies. Dwek and Cox may state different theories in order to evaluate student’s motivation. However, they both have emphasized on the idea of motivating the students to learn. This can be said that they both agreed in one particular point that students may find their failure as their turning point and learning is the only solution that a student can get.
“A fixed mindset makes challenges threatening for students (because they believe that their fixed ability may not be up to the task) and it makes mistakes and failures demoralizing (because they believe that such setbacks reflect badly on their level of fixed intelligence” (Dweck 1). According to Dweck, the students must understand that the intellect and intelligence can be improved with learning. It can be happened that they may not do a task with their intellect they have. However, there is no need to be demotivated with their failure. They can work on their failure if they start studying hard. He correctly stated that the students should be inspired with positive motivation. It is important to appreciate their work and make them feel that they can achieve targets. A positive push can increase their love for learning. The love for learning will surely lead them to success. Duckworth believes.
“So grit is not having resilience in the face of failure, but also having deep commitments that you remain loyal to over many years” (qtd. in Perkins-Gough 1). According to Duckworth, that flexibility has a significant definition, which is positive thoughts. However, it is evident that people utilize flexibility to signify get over from difficulty, reasoning or otherwise. This can be said after evaluating these two theories that there is nothing called limited mindset. It is always the matter of practice and the welcoming attitude to learn new things. The mindset of people are actually flexible. They can adopt knowledge, think rationally and execute their knowledge if they learn with the flexible mindset.
“The many students who seriously doubted their ability to succeed, however, were anxiously waiting for their shortcoming to be exposed, at which point they would be stopped from pursuing their goals (qtd. Cox 40)”. According to Cox there people who have fear they always think that their weakness will be revealed (Cox, Rebecca). Therefore, their fear increases significantly and gradually. They may have certain previous unwanted experience that leads them to such fear. Their fear is the only thing that stops them to achieve certain goals. “The attitude ‘I can get better if I try harder’ should help make you a tenacious, determined, hard-working person” (qtd. in Perkins-Gough 4). According to Parkins, if the students are hardworking then no such limitation or fear can stop them to achieve the success (Perkins-Gough, Deborah). It can be said from the above discussion that there is only one solution to the fears and limited knowledge. It is always the urge to learn and gain knowledge. The students can earn self-confidence when they will understand there is no harm in knowing less. The positive attitude should be the interest of learning. It is evident that a hardworking person can combat in significant situations and can overcome hurdles. The person who works hard to learn with the joy of learning can achieve success for sure.
Dweck, Carol S. "Brainology: Transforming students’ motivation to learn." Independent school 67.2 (2008): 110-119.
Cox, Rebecca D. The college fear factor. Harvard University Press, 2010.
Perkins-Gough, Deborah. "The significance of grit: A conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth." Educational Leadership 71.1 (2013): 14-20.