A bibliometric review on latent topics and research trends in the growth mindset literature for mathematics education

Xiaoyu XU, Qiaoping ZHANG, Jin SUN, Yicheng WEI

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Abstract

Embracing a growth mindset is essential to students’ academic improvement. This manuscript aims to better understand the existing literature on the role and effects of the growth mindset in mathematics teaching and learning. It provides an updated perspective on the research regarding the growth mindset in mathematics education. The dataset comprises 85 journal articles published from 2012 to 2022 retrieved from the Web of Science (WOS) and Scopus databases. The current study applies a methodology based on bibliometric analysis techniques. The analysis reveals and corroborates several patterns from the research trends, journals, countries, and authors that have significant impacts on the research field. The findings show that USA, UK, and Norway are the most productive countries in publishing research on the topic. Moreover, the results of the thematic analysis indicate that the topics discussed among most of the articles in the dataset include engagement, implementation, persistence, children, fluid intelligence, and skills. The longitudinal trends in research themes based on study keywords illustrate an evolution in the research from the concept of mindsets to implicit theories on the growth mindset alongside academic achievement. Lastly, this study also provides an overview of the conceptual structure underlying studies on the growth mindset, which offers valuable insights into potential research topics for academics and practitioners seeking to explore the growth mindset in the future. Copyright © 2022 Xu, Zhang, Sun and Wei.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1039761
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume13
Early online date29 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Xu, X., Zhang, Q., Sun, J., & Wei, Y. (2022). A bibliometric review on latent topics and research trends in the growth mindset literature for mathematics education. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1039761

Keywords

  • Growth mindset
  • Mathematics education
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Student learning
  • Mathematics learning
  • Bibliometric review

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