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ERIC Number: ED558074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
The "Something Other": Personal Competencies for Learning and Life
Redding, Sam
Center on Innovations in Learning, Temple University
Parents seek for their children "something other" than what they usually expect them to acquire through the regular school program, and they turn to extracurricular activities and out-of-school experiences to find it. Teachers know that each student brings to a learning task a "something other"--certain attributes that affect how the student responds to the challenge. In this paper, the "something other" is the constellation of four personal competencies--cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, and social/emotional--and the learning habits that flow from them. Jeffrey's story, which depicts a week in the life of one student, in one class, with one teacher, expresses the four personal competencies. The reader might imagine how Jeffrey's life as a learner would be changed if the school culture, all the teachers in all his classes, and his parents were attuned to the importance of personal competencies.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Temple University, Center on Innovations in Learning