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NSLM Wave 2

As part of Wave 2, we are currently conducting an extension of the Students’ Perspectives About the Transition to High School (PATHS) National Study that 76 schools participated beginning in 2015-2016 school year with the purpose of evaluating an online program to share growth mindset messages with students. The overall goal of this extension is to connect research on mindsets with schools’ ongoing improvements to curriculum and instruction, and with the culture/climate in schools, so that schools can make informed decisions that incorporate information about students’ mindsets and social and emotional experiences in school.

As part of continuing the PATHS project, we envision the following three goals:

  • Goal 1 – To understand the long-run effects of learning mindset interventions and classroom climates and communicate them with policymakers and the public.
  • Goal 2 – To understand the role of contexts (e.g. the nature of the math classroom, the type of math instruction, the peer climate, etc.) in sustaining or undermining the long-term benefits of mindsets—and in how mindsets can help improve the performance of under-performing subgroups of students.
  • Goal 3 – To recruit 100% of the initial schools from the 2015-2016 PATHS study, so that we can share learnings from across the nation back with each of the schools in the study, therefore allowing them to have insights and points of comparison that are valid and represent the variety of public schools in the U.S.

Since this is an extension of the Wave 1 study, there is no additional instrumentation or surveys involved in this part of the study. This supplemental data collection request will not directly involve students and no new participants will be recruited. We are asking schools to only provide additional data that is regularly gathered by school districts on students (administrative, and other contextual data) and we are not asking for additional survey data from students or teachers.

We are asking schools to:

  1. Share administrative (i.e. student academic outcome) data so that the researchers can produce customized reports directly related to your schools’ initiatives and students’ mindsets.
  2. Share additional information (e.g., math curriculum and graduation requirements) to obtain a richer understanding of your school’s context, so that the findings can be related to potential improvements in curriculum and instruction.

This extension study has been determined as exempt from IRB review by the Office of Research Support at The University of Texas at Austin (Protocol #2018-10-0023). We are only following-up on students (9th grade in 2015-2016) and schools who previously participated in the study.

The goal of the study is to provide schools with data and insights from their own students and also from an unprecedented national sample. These insights will be relevant to improving educational techniques and strategies in particular, teaching techniques and strategies that incorporate information about mindsets and that help students graduate high school on-time ready for college and career.

The de-identified data will subsequently be made available to the research community to use to further the scholarship and research on the use of mindset strategies with high school students and other learners.

We are also offering each participating school an opportunity to receive at no-cost, an on-site professional learning session focusing on growth mindset, the national study, and school-based data from the study led by a member of our research team. The session will be customized in both scheduling and content to best meet the needs of the schools and to align to school and district/department priorities.