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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-35

Exploring veterinary medical students' mindset about intelligence, personality, attitude, and skills and abilities

Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

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Dr. Kenneth Royal
1060 William Moore Dr., Raleigh 27607, NC
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_33_19

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Background: In recent decades, the topic of mindset has gained considerable attention in the education arena. According to Dweck, people hold beliefs about their personal traits that can be classified into one of the two beliefs: fixed and growth mindsets. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their traits cannot be changed. Individuals with a growth mindset believe that their traits can be cultivated over time and enhanced through effort. The purpose of this study was to explore the mindset of veterinary medical students as it pertains to traits such as intelligence, personality, attitude, and skills and abilities. Methods: Using a cross-sectional survey design, 298 veterinary medical students were enrolled in the study. Results: The overwhelming majority of the students believed that skills and abilities could be cultivated and improved over time. However, a considerable proportion of students believed that attitude, intelligence, and personality were largely fixed traits. Conclusions: Implications for mindset have far-reaching effects, including resilience, grit, motivations, and more.

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