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ERIC Number: ED563049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
"Becoming Effective Learners" Survey Development Project
Farrington, Camille; Levenstein, Rachel; Nagaoka, Jenny
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority students suggest that there is a fundamental disconnect between contemporary schooling and the needs of students in urban schools. Most attempts to address these problems in K-12 schools have focused on increasing students' mastery of content knowledge and skills. While the evidence from interventions and other experimental research strongly supports the importance of academic mindsets and learning strategies to students' overall school performance, there is very little research on whether noncognitive factors are situated within students or are products of particular environments, the extent to which they transfer across contexts, or how teachers might intentionally build noncognitive factors as a regular part of their classroom practice. To that end, in collaboration with national and international substantive experts and expert practitioners, the authors are conducting the "Becoming Effective Learners" survey development project. The centerpiece of work in this project is the creation of a reliable and validated survey instrument for students in grades 6-12 to be made available for free noncommercial use by researchers and practitioners for purposes of basic research and formative/ diagnostic assessment. Eleven neighborhood schools and 11 charter schools in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) participated in Round 1 of the pilot study. Current analysis is ongoing and will conclude by coming mid-summer to allow researchers and practitioners to better focus their efforts on the practices and interventions that promote noncognitive factors and move this interest in noncognitive factors into something truly useful for improving educational achievement and attainment. One table and one figure are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
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