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Chapter 5: Reconsidering Noncognitive Skills
- Noncognitive skills are important: Incorporate them throughout teaching and learning.
- There is a strong connection between noncognitive attributes and life achievement.
- Mastery of noncognitive skills and dispositions is essential for at-risk learners.
- There is both rationale and strategy for assessing noncognitive skills and attributes.
Emerging research shows that cognitive competencies are built on foundations of social, emotional, and personal attributes. According to the Institute of Education, “Non-cognitive skills including self-control and engagement in learning are [Page 114]correlated with high academic outcomes” (Gutman & Schoon, 2013, p. 2). In these schools, educators and students embrace, scale up, and utilize these building blocks.
Call them what you like, metacognitive, noncognitive, social-emotional, or something else, they are the keystones that ...