You don’t have to be a teacher to know that motivation, persistence, curiosity, conscientiousness, and other such personal qualities make a big difference in student learning. And you might think there is little you can do about them. But new research—in brain science, social science, and economics—makes a compelling case that these essential qualities, and even intelligence itself, can be developed—at school as well as at home. A new research review by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research concurs.
Listen in to the 2012 Chicago School Policy Forum Series, “Sweating the Soft Stuff: Qualities Needed for Learning and How to Nurture Them,” to learn what this research can mean for policy and practice.