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Speaker biographies

Below are biographies for each of the speakers at the Creating Confident Individuals half day masterclass.

Professor Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She is an empirical researcher in the field of achievement and motivation. Her work has been very influential on some educational thinkers and other psychologists for the past few years but she has not been well known outside academic circles.

Professor Dweck recently published a book called Mindsets – the Psychology of Success. For the first time she popularised her work and showed how relevant her ideas are for education, business, sport and life in general. In the USA there is growing interest in her work.

Dr Carol Craig

Dr Carol Craig is Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being which was launched in December 2004 at the highly successful Scotland's Tipping Point conference. Prior to taking up this post Carol ran her own training and development business specialising in personal and team development. Dr Craig is author of The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence, and has recently written a second book entitled Creating Confidence: a handbook for professionals working with young people which has already generated a great deal of interest and publicity.

Dr Craig is a leading figure in the field of Positive Psychology. She gave the keynote speech at the first ever Positive Psychology Conference, in Warwick 2007.

Carol has a B.A. in politics from the University of Strathclyde and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh. In July 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Abertay.

David Cameron (Chair)

David Cameron has been Director of Children’s Services in Stirling Council since July 2005.  Prior to that he was Head of Education in East Lothian in Scotland from February 2001 – June 2005.

In the past, he has been an Area Manager providing support and challenge to a large group of schools in Fife, Performance Review Manager with overall responsibility for Quality Assurance and, before that an Adviser responsible for curriculum development and assessment.

Relatively unusually for a bureaucrat, he worked in schools up to the early ‘90s and has extensive experience in school management at all levels and experience of leading a major national development in curriculum and assessment at the time of Standard Grade.

David is a keen runner and cyclist.

 
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