Promoting a growth mindset in pharmacy educators and students

Janet H. Cooley, Suzanne Larson

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Commentary: Mindsets are implicit theories that influence how individuals think, act, and respond. Those with a fixed mindset tend to resist learning opportunities; those with a growth mindset embrace learning opportunities. It is important that pharmacy educators work to shift the mindsets of their students toward a growth mindset in order to promote resilience, improve personal outcomes, and enhance attitudes toward learning. Mindsets are not static, and with persistence and effort, can be modified. Implications: Pharmacy educators can do much to influence the mindsets of their learners, and with purposeful effort, can help cultivate an environment that enhances a learner's growth mindset. If an educator is not deliberate, fixed mindsets can be inadvertently promoted to learners, which can result in diminished learning experiences for both student and educator. This commentary will inform pharmacy educators about mindsets and present several teaching and precepting techniques that can help promote a growth mindset among themselves and their learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-679
Number of pages5
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Educational interventions
  • Experiential education
  • Mindset(s)
  • Pharmacy education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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