Habits of Mind: Designing Courses for Student Success
Julia M. Gossard & Chris Babits
Utah State University
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When Art Costa and Bena Kallick first developed their Habits of Mind framework, they conceived of their approach as a contribution to sustainable and ethical learning. The dedication opening in all four volumes of Habits of Mind: A Developmental Series is explicit about this trajectory: “Native peoples teach that the ultimate norm for morality is the impact our choices have on persons living seven generations from now. If the results appear good for them, then our choices are moral ones; if not, they are immoral. We therefore dedicate Habits of Mind: A Developmental Series to our children, our grandchildren, and their children’s children” (Costa & Kallick, 2000, p. iii). The same dedication prefaces Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success (Costa & Kallick, 2008, p. v). The following chapter takes its cue from this inherent connection between sustainability and specific life-related problem-solving skills and strategies. I demonstrate how sustainability-related lessons, assignments, and course practices help students develop 12 Habits of Mind that will prepare them for success.
McGonagill, Doris, "Chapter 4- With Sustainability in Mind: Twelve Habits of Mind for a Successful Learning Experience in the Second-Language Classroom and Beyond" (2023). Habits of Mind. Paper 6.