The Dangers of Praising Children Inappropriately

Rae Pica with Carol Dweck

Do you think that effortless perfection is the goal for children? Do you believe that telling children how smart and talented they are is the way to help them become confident and successful? Carol Dweck is an expert in motivation, and she explains that praising intelligence and talent makes children vulnerable. Listen to discover what you should be doing instead.

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May 9, 2009
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Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research has focused on why students succeed and how to foster their success. Her work has illuminated how praise for intelligence can undermine motivation and learning.
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