Our Mission

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EPIC is located at Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Improve people’s ability to handle setbacks and undesirable situations, regardless of their backgrounds, socioeconomic status or intellect, in ways that increase creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop new theories about failure and understand what makes people succeed and achieve in a wide variety of domains (e.g. schools, businesses, sports, scientific research, and personal lives, etc. ).
  • Bring together Western and Eastern educational leaders in research projects, live meetings, webinars, and one-on-one interactions to tackle the educational challenges facing our society
  • Design instructional materials that will help students, educators, parents, coaches, and businesses better prepare themselves to overcome future obstacles.
  • Use our findings of what works and does not work to help inform policymakers across the world.
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Research Spotlight: “Even Einstein Struggled

Students’ beliefs that success in science depends on exceptional talent negatively impact their motivation to learn. For example, such beliefs have been shown to be a major factor steering students away from taking science and math courses in high school and college. In the present study, we tested a novel story-based instruction that models how scientists achieve through failures and struggles.

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