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Since the introduction of high stakes, standardised exams into education, they have been the subject of ongoing debate, particularly regarding the negative impact such tests have on broader educational achievement. One of the areas that piques my personal interest is the relationship between the characteristics of such tests and the psychology of motivation and learning for students, as well as for teachers and system administrators. So when I read the 2013 piece “Why Having Too Little Leads to Bad Decisions” on Psychology Today, I couldn’t help but see parallels between the characteristics of a ‘poverty mindset’ and the issues that arise around high stakes testing.
The Psychology Today article summarises research into how poverty, or a perceived scarcity or resources, affects the cognitive function and decision making of individuals, with…
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