Noncognitive Skills in the Classroom

New Perspectives on Educational Research

Published in: RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International 2010), p. 1-206

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Jeffrey A. Rosen, Elizabeth J. Glennie, Benjamin Dalton, Jean M. Lennon, Robert Bozick

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This book provides an overview of recent research on the relationship between noncognitive attributes (motivation, self efficacy, resilience) and academic outcomes (such as grades or test scores). The authors focus primarily on how these sets of attributes are measured and how they relate to important academic outcomes. Noncognitive attributes are those academically and occupationally relevant skills and traits that are not "cognitive"--that is, not specifically intellectual or analytical in nature. They examine seven attributes in depth and critique the measurement approaches used by researchers and talk about how they can be improved.

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