Skills like self-regulation, perseverance, cooperation and empathy contribute as much to a successful life as academic achievement.
A new meta analysis of research on non-cognitive skill development in children aged 12 or under found that these skills had notable positive effects on later outcomes in children’s lives. They improved academic achievement and psychosocial, cognitive and language outcomes.
"Traits such as attention, self-regulation, and perseverance in childhood have been investigated by psychologists, economists, and epidemiologists, and some have been shown to influence later life outcomes," says Professor John Lynch, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide and senior author of the study.
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