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The implicit theories of intelligence: A review of Carol Dweck's motivation process model


Sabry M. Abd-El-Fattah 
University of South Australia, School of Education 
sabry.abd-el-fattah@unisa.edu.au

 

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This paper reviews the theoretical bases of Carol Dweck's implicit theory of intelligence within the framework of the motivation process model. The motivation process model is intended to explain the full range of adaptive behaviours in achievement contexts, ranging from a mastery behavioural pattern on one extreme to a helpless behavioural pattern on the other. Specifically, the central explanatory construct is of a cognitive nature, the implicit personality theory of intelligence, which acts as a meaning system influencing the whole action process. The central construct concerns the individuals' beliefs about the malleability of human traits. The motivation process model encompasses the entire behavioural process. That is the implicit personality theory of intelligence determines goal development and information processing, which in turn determine, in concert with confidence in one's intelligence, overt behaviour. 

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 Abd-El-Fattah, S.M. (2006) The implicit theories of intelligence: A review of Carol Dweck's motivation process model. International Education Journal, 7 (4), .
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