Implicit theories: Language learning mindsets

Stephen Ryan, Sarah Mercer

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Implicit theories (or mindsets) refer to the fundamental, core beliefs that individuals hold about the nature and malleability of various aspects of the human condition. Our specific interest is with implicit theories relating to intelligence or ability, as these beliefs affect approaches to learning and have been shown to connect to motivation (see Ushioda, Chapter 5, this volume), attributions (Hsieh, Chapter 7, this volume), goals (Woodrow, Chapter 13, this volume), strategies (Cohen, Chapter 10, this volume), and self-concept (Mercer, Chapter 2, this volume). While mindsets have been the focus of an increasing number of studies within psychology, they remain an under-researched construct in the domain of foreign language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology for Language Learning: Insights from Research, Theory and Practice
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137032829
ISBN (Print)9780230301146
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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