Individuals with a growth mindset believe that abilities can be developed over time. While this concept has been gaining popularity for its impact on students, a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology examined how a growth mindset is related to work engagement of Chinese middle school teachers.
Using a questionnaire that contained measures of growth mindset, work engagement, perseverance of effort and well-being, Zeng and colleagues examined the relationships of these factors with 472 teachers from 10 urban secondary schools in Chengdu city who participated in the study. They found that:
- Growth mindset of teachers was strongly and positively correlated with work engagement, perseverance of effort and well-being.
- Growth mindset was positively associated with work engagement, while the relationship was also partially mediated by well-being and perseverance of effort.
The authors suggested that despite the differences between Easterners and Westerners in cognitive styles, social orientation, values and motivation, the result demonstrated the benefit of growth mindset to teachers in China. They recommended promoting teachers’ work engagement through not only enhancing their well-being but also through building up their growth mindset and perseverance of effort.
Source (Open Access): Zeng, G., Chen, X., Cheung, H. Y., & Peng, K. (2019). Teachers’ growth mindset and work engagement in the Chinese educational context: Well-being and perseverance of effort as mediators. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.