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What is Non-Cognitive Skills

Handbook of Research on Nascent Entrepreneurship and Creating New Ventures
Endogenous predispositions which are reflected in people’s characteristics, patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
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Is Entrepreneurship a Bio-Social Phenomenon?: The Role of Non-Cognitive Skills and Education
José Guilherme Leitão Dantas (CARME, School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal), Fernando Manuel Valente (CINEA, ESTS, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal), and Isabel Simões Dias (Life Quality Research Centre, School of Education and Social Sciences, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4826-4.ch001
The entrepreneur is regarded as a driver of economic development encouraging researchers to delve into the causes that lead some people to choose the entrepreneurial activity. The response has followed two approaches: biological and sociological. The former privileges non-cognitive skills while the sociological favors factors are associated with learning and contextual conditions. Thus, the question arises: Is behavior determined by non-cognitive skills or can it be 'shaped' throughout an individual's lifetime? Using an exploratory approach supported by a literature review and contacts with the Portuguese (context under analysis) educational system, the authors aim to understand which skills are critical, the way they are acquired and developed, and the role the educational system plays in their development, concluding that entrepreneurial activity implies cognitive and non-cognitive skills which the system must deliver provided the teachers' training in advance.
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The Affordances of 3D Mixed Reality in Cultivating Secondary Students' Non-Cognitive Skills Use and Development in the Engineering Design Process
Non-cognitive skills in education context refer to as the ‘soft’ skills of related to interpersonal interactions and affective qualities. These are often tested through elicitations or performances of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, persistence, resilience, and grit.
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The ABCs of Social-Emotional Learning
Skills related to motivation, integrity, and interaction with others (interpersonal); also considered soft skills.
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The Role of Arts and Music in Early Childhood Education
Skills or traits refer to dimensions of personality that ultimately feed into cognitive abilities.
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Robotics and Programming Integration as Cognitive-Learning Tools
The skills developed that are not related to specific discipline however are considered to be important and necessary for students to develop in survive and succeed in the 21st century. Those are, but not limited to: problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, global citizenship, digital literacy, knowledge construction, creativity, innovation, self-directed learning.
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