Can Character be Taught? Book Review of "How Children Succeed"
The first Workforce Connections book review, by Kiera Derman of FHI 360, assesses the implications of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed for international youth workforce development.
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Drawing from recent research, Tough examines whether, and how, character can be taught and finds that qualities or competencies — also called “non-cognitive skills” – are key drivers behind why some children do better than others as adults. Examples include persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence.
The book also describes interventions that aim to develop these competencies in children and youth, often from disadvantaged backgrounds. Although Tough focuses on evidence and examples from the US, his findings are highly relevant to international programs, particularly those directly engaging adolescents and youth.
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