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ERIC Number: ED540827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Encouraging the Development of Key Life Skills in Elementary School-Age Children: A Literature Review and Recommendations to the Tauck Family Foundation. Working Paper. Publication #2012-28
Chien, Nina; Harbin, Vanessa; Goldhagen, Samantha; Lippman, Laura; Walker, Karen E.
Child Trends
Child Trends is pleased to support the Tauck Family Foundation in its efforts to focus on programs that help build skills that are important to success in the elementary school years and beyond. This report addresses three key questions: (1) What life skills have been identified in the research literature as contributing to success for elementary school students?; (2) To what extent does the development of those skills contribute to long-term success?; and (3) Are those skills malleable--that is, can social programs help young people develop and strengthen those skills? Our review of the research literature identified the following skills as important to learning and development: self control and self regulation; approaches to learning; mastery vs. performance orientation; persistence; interpersonal skills and peer relations; prosocial behavior; academic self-efficacy; and academic engagement. From these, we recommend the Tauck Family Foundation focus on four--self control; mastery orientation; persistence; and academic self-efficacy--and we explain our reasoning. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends