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Reconsidering Noncognitive Skills
Reconsidering Noncognitive Skills
Chapter Goals/Key Ideas
  • 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.
Cognitive and Noncognitive: Not an Either/or

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 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 ...

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