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Stephen Gorard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447342144

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447342144.001.0001

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The wider outcomes of schools as societies

The wider outcomes of schools as societies

(p.129) Nine The wider outcomes of schools as societies
Education Policy

Stephen Gorard

Policy Press

This chapter looks at how education and experiences at school can influence outcomes and attributes other than cognitive attainment. After all, while attainment is important, it is only one possible educational outcome of schooling. Others such as wellbeing, enjoyment of learning, or preparation for adult life could be just as important. Although interventions and policies to enhance wellbeing, resilience, or engagement may not convert into higher attainment, they can still lead to positive outcomes in their own right. Thus, the topics addressed in this chapter fall into two main categories. It looks at formative interactions at school between adults and students, and between student peers as well as their link to students' intentions for the future, their sense of justice, and expectations of life. The chapter then evaluates interventions intended to improve students' non-cognitive outcomes such as communication, teamwork, and confidence.

Keywords:   education, school experiences, wellbeing, enjoyment of learning, adult life, resilience, formative interactions, non-cognitive outcomes

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