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Resource Of The Week: Coaches And Parents Need Not Praise Effort When It's Not There


Welcome to the PCA-Seattle Resource of the week. Every Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, you will receive a video tip for coaches, parents, athletes, or leaders. is free and includes nearly 1,500 free multimedia resources for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders.

This week's resource features Carol Dweck, PCA National Advisory Board Member, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

She graduated from Barnard College in 1967 and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1972. She taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois before joining the Stanford faculty in 2004.

On April 22, 2017, Stanford Professor and author of Mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck, was awarded PCA's Ronald L. Jensen award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual National Youth Sports Awards. This clip is a from Carol Dweck's interview on-stage with PCA National Advisory Board Member Julie Foudy.

In this clip, Dweck makes a key clarification about effort in the context of growth mindset. Growth mindset means believing that everyone can grow and develop, and effort is one way to improve and develop. In the early stages of her research, Dweck talked about the importance of praising effort, but she makes it clear that praising effort when it's not there or praising effort when it's entirely ineffective is essentially the same thing as telling kids, "I don't expect you to get anywhere" no matter how much effort you put in. In many ways, praising effort when it's not there doesn't make it clear you believe in your kids development.

PCA-Seattle focuses on bringing the power of positive to youth sports in Seattle through live workshops and online resources in partnership with local schools and youth sports organizations. 

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