Jan 04, 2022 2022-01-04
Curiosity and persistence are the strongest predictors of academic success in math and reading, according to a study of students in 11 countries, including the United States. The study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is the first major global assessment of students’ social and emotional skills.
The OECD, which administers the global Program for International Student Assessment, analyzed the social–emotional development of more than 3,000 students from large cities in 11 countries, including Houston in the United States, as well as Helsinki, Finland; Suzhou, China; and Moscow, Russia.
The group looked at five key areas: task performance (such as persistence and self-control), emotional regulation (such as optimism and reaction to stress), collaboration (such as empathy and trust), open-mindedness (such as tolerance, curiosity, and creativity), and engagement with others (such as assertiveness and sociability).