NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED557600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
Understanding Conscientiousness and Its Role in Improved Student Achievement
Best, Jane; Dunlap, Allison
McREL International
In today's rapidly changing global economy, "21st century skills" means much more than proficiency in basic academic subjects. One of the most important noncognitive competencies for student success is conscientiousness, which encompasses traits such as perseverance, self-regulation, resilience, and responsibility. Researchers have found that conscientiousness and its related 21st century skills are better predictors of student success than any other personality trait. This brief looks at the formative experiences and interventions that promote conscientiousness in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom, in professional development, educator preparation programs, and parent/family support training. The authors give examples of steps that some states and districts have already taken and offer questions and recommendations for others to consider in terms of: (1) supporting educators; (2) building parent capacity; and (3) enhancing existing research and resources.
McREL International. 4601 DTC Parkway Suite 500, Denver, CO 80237-2596. Tel: 303-337-0990; Fax: 303-337-3005; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: McREL International
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Illinois; Kentucky; New York