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Kids expectation predicts grades.

Professor Lisa J Crockett and Sarah J Beal followed over 300 US students from an average age of 15 until early adulthood to see what factors predicted their educational achievement. They found that what the students’ expected to get and their occupational desires, plus their non-work extracurricular activites were the keys.

Part-time work was not associated with educational achievement, possibly because it was viewed simply as a means of making some money.

Volunteering was not a predictor either.

Destructive behaviour including substance abuse and delinquency was tied to lower educational achievement.

The particular type of social extra-curricular activity was not important.  However, the authors suggest that the teenagers’ aspirations might influence their choice of activity, in turn feeding back in to their achievement.

So what the kids expect, and participate in, counts towards what they achieve.

The research was published in Developmental Psychology.

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November 3, 2010 - Posted by | Learning, Psychology, Success

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