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Character, Virtue, and Non-Cognitive Skills: Insights from Educational Research and Policy

Albert Cheng

There has been a recent surge of attention in educational research and policy towards so-called noncognitive skills — skills that are, in part, traditionally understood as character and virtue. Economists, psychologists, and other social scientists increasingly recognize the key role that noncognitive skills play in promoting later-life well-being but are less certain about how to develop these skills. This research and related policy developments will be reviewed in this session. This session will also draw upon Christian tradition and other research to challenge some of the conventional wisdom of these contemporary developments and consider what Christian education can offer.