Robert Watson

Primary Teacher

Stane Primary

  • Growth Mindset

What happens when pupils use peer encouragement in the classroom?


Dweck (2016) suggests that there is a wrong kind of praise that creates self-defeating behaviour and a right kind that motivates pupils to learn. The enquiry into peer praise for effort stems from Dweck’s intensive research into growth mind-sets. Dweck (2014) in her TED video proposes that “we can praise wisely” by “praising the process that kids engage in, their effort, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance, their improvement”. Furthermore, she advocates this is extremely valuable within the classroom as it can increase motivation resilience and in return can begin to raise attainment within numeracy.


The aim of this enquiry was to investigate the effectiveness peer encouragement within maths had on:

  • Pupil perseverance within challenging activities,
  • Pupil engagement and,
  • Pupil motivation
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