Measurement Matters: Assessing Personal Qualities Other Than Cognitive Ability for Educational Purposes
 
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Educational Researcher
May 13, 2015

Angela L. Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania
David Scott Yeager, University of Texas

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This article systematically reviews what is known empirically about the association between executive function and student achievement in both reading and math and critically assesses the evidence for a causal association between the two. Using meta-analytic techniques, the review finds that there is a moderate unconditional association between executive function and achievement that does not differ by executive function construct, age, or measurement type but finds no compelling evidence that a causal association between the two exists.

 
 
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