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English Detective #72 The Connection between Mindset & Peace 11-1-16
November 01, 2016

#72 The Connection between Mindset & Peace 11-1-16


In this issue we have three related articles on an experiment in the importance of mindset in working toward peace. There is also a crossword and other practice to reinforce their vocabulary, and a link to a partly related TED talk for listening practice.

The first article, from the Christian Science Monitor, is on a Stanford experiment with Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. The researchers wanted to see if fostering a “growth mindset” (the idea that people are not stuck forever in their old ways but can change) would improve the way the two groups of teens worked together. (They found it made more difference than even they had hoped.)

”How to build peace, one teenager at a time” shares the experience of a woman who works for Seeds of Peace, encouraging similar interaction between groups of teens from both sides of conflict situations.

For many classes or individual English learners, those articles would be enough, and they do reinforce the key vocabulary. For those who want a little more, here is a link to the Stanford report on the research.

Carol Dweck’s Stanford research on the Growth Mindset, and how it affects students’ expectations of academic success or failure, was part of the original inspiration for the research in Israel. You can listen to her explain her research in this TED talk.

There’s a crossword to practice the main vocabulary here and the answers are here.

In addition, the Teamwork and Technology Words page on EnglishHints explains many of the words (after a brief discussion of some tech words. I plan to separate these pages, but have not been able to yet.)

In mid November and early December I plan to do similar reading or listeniing practice with related vocabulary, but I’m not sure of the subjects yet. We’ll probably skip the mid-December issue, as many people and classes will be busy with holiday preparations.

Enjoy the fall and your English studies!
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