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Education research and insights to help you become an expert in student success. 

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Knowledge and soft skills together are the keys to success. The science in the articles below proves that fact. Use the research below as evidence of  the importance of soft skills in getting students future ready. 


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Self-Management Skills and Student Achievement Gains

This study shows that the positive relationship between self-management and achievement gains may be quite widespread across a variety of schools and student groups. The significant benefits suggested by this study, together with the large proportion of students reporting low self-management skills, (particularly among traditionally under-served student groups), suggest that finding strategies to ensure the development of self-management could help to increase educational equity.

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Executive Perceptions of the Top 10 Soft Skills Needed in Today’s Workplace

This study identified the top 10 soft skills as perceived the most important by business executives: integrity, communication, courtesy, responsibility, social skills, positive attitude, professionalism, flexibility, teamwork, and work ethic. Hard skills are easily justified and quantified, but preparing students with soft skills could make the difference in whether they find, and keep, the job for which they earned a degree

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Effect of Growth Mindset on School Engagement

The research outlined in this paper indicate the development of high levels of growth mindsets in students predicts higher psychological well-being and school engagement through the enhancement of resilience, contributing to our understanding that positive education can impact psychological well-being and school engagement.

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Academic achievement in high school: does emotional intelligence matter?

When the relationship between academic success and EI was examined using the total sample, overall EI was found to be a significant predictor of academic success.

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An integrated model of school students’ academic achievement & life satisfaction.

As expected, soft skills showed positive relations with all these factors: students with stronger soft skills are likely to be more motivated to study, to use more and better SRL processes, and to experience positive feelings at school. Nurturing their soft skills will also improve their opportunities when they enter the job market and their life satisfaction in adulthood.

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Hard evidence on soft skills

This paper reviews recent evidence on the importance of personality in economic and social life. It shows that success in life depends on many traits, not just those measured by IQ, grades, and standardized achievements tests. Personality traits predict and cause outcomes.

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