Intro and Summit Plenary IV
8:30 - 8:45 am Intro: Hadi Partovi of code.org will discuss the compelling video, the reaction so far, and the road ahead.
8:45 - 9:45 am Plenary: Carol Dweck: Born or Made? Understanding Intelligence and Success
Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University will cover the issues of intelligence and success. Some people believe that intelligence is fixed – you either have it or you don’t. Others believe that intelligence can grow with nurturing and hard work. Professor Dweck calls these fixed v. growth mindsets. When the fixed mindset person struggles accomplish a goal, she is likely to think she doesn’t have it, and give up. Stereotype threat is similarly disruptive: difficulties are seen as internal faults that keep an individual from succeeding. Research is clear: people who believe intelligence is fixed and people faced with stereotype threat perform more poorly than those who believe intelligence can grow or who reject the shortcomings implied by stereotypes. Professor Carol Dweck will discuss her research on the growth mindset and discuss how it can be used to inoculate women in information technology fields and educational programs against stereotype threat.