Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meg


Humans have been dealing with the issue of failure since their existence. No matter the field, whether it be business, athletics, science, mathematics, etc., students and professionals are going to experience minor and major failures in their pursuits. Some may say that the main goal of the educator is to encourage students to pursue lifelong learning. With this being the case, one question that this paper aims to address is how to teach students use these inevitable life events as tools for growth in the academic environment and whether this mindset is effective in accomplishing the development of lifelong learning attributes. Several current teaching models are discussed while two other outside models are also used to propose a potential framework for teachers to use in developing this mindset. Studies have shown that students who are unable to develop a correct mindset towards failure develop failure prevention strategies that dissolve academic performance. On the other hand, students who are able to develop more of a failing forward mindset have been shown to have a greater chance in developing several key lifelong learning attributes.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis