After finishing my last post on “The five character traits of a child raising in a multicultural society.” I started digging into more research and try to understand if raising kids in a multicultural society can foster a global mindset child at the same time.

To recap from my last post, a child that raises in a multicultural society can develop into five character traits: 

  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Confident
  • Open-mindedness
  • Respectful 

Global Mindset

Many of you may already hear about fixed and growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck, an individual mindset is a way a person perceives his or her ability or intelligence; fixed mindset people believe the ability is fixed, growth mindset people believe the ability can grow and develop. On the other hand, a global mindset is an orientation of the world that allows one to see certain things that others do not.

A global mindset means the ability to scan the world from a broad perspective, always looking for unexpected trends and opportunities that may constitute a threat or an opportunity to achieve personal, professional, or organizational objectives. – Rhinesmith.

A global mindset is not a “born” skill; like a baby at birth does not walk and talk, these abilities develop over time, and it can be adapted. Fostering a global mindset child can lead to multicultural competences; multicultural competence refers to the ability to adapt and function efficiently in a culturally diverse setting, able to integrate and to synthesize across diversity.

The character of a global mindset individual:

  • Aware of his/her own culture
  • Open to and aware of cultural differences
  • Appreciate and respect cultural diversity
  • Willing to learn and able to expand further.
  • See yourself as part of the world
  • Aware that the choice is just one among many
  • Use culture as one of the bases for understanding problems and decision making

Base on Global Network research, the global mindset group tends to persist more in the search for solutions than the growth mindset group when facing challenges. Global mindset people also tend to value opportunities to learn and to improve themselves. Eventually, turn into reality. These groups of people show improvement in their actual ability and outperforming fixed mindset group.  

Looking into the characteristics of the global mindset individual and matching with the character traits of a child raising in a multicultural society or family. It does have a direct benefit to developing multicultural competencies in children’s later life.

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