Date Approved

5-24-2019

Embargo Period

6-4-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, Sydney J.

Second Advisor

Accardo, Amy

Third Advisor

Shuff, Midge

Subject(s)

Positive psychology; Mathematics--Study and teaching; Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; Autism

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of growth mindset strategies on off-task time and attitude in a special education classroom. This research was done using a two-group pretest-posttest design where students with IEPs will be compared to those who do not have IEPs. Student on-task time was monitored prior to the intervention to give a pre-assessment of each student's off-task time. During the intervention, the students' behaviors were observed for signs of improvement. Growth mindset strategies were implemented during each class as needed for improving the overall mood. Overall the results showed a decrease in off-task time and a slight change in classroom attitude. The results show that growth mindset may have a positive effect on student off-task time and potentially an effect on classroom attitude.

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