In a result unsurprising to any educator familiar with “growth mindset” practices, a new study has found that children who are called “smart” are more likely to cheat.
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Hangzhou Normal University’s Professor Li Zhao, also co-author of the studies, explained that when children are praised for being smart or learn that they have a reputation for being smart, “they feel pressure to perform well in order to live up to others’ expectations, even if they need to cheat to do so.” She further explained that praising a child’s specific behaviour does not imply that the child is expected to consistently perform well and therefore does not have similar negative effects as ability praise.
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