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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 11:19 AM

Non-cognitive Variables--their importance in future success

Here is an interview of a friend of mine, commenting on the research and practical application of promoting non-cognitive variables in education. It is pretty interesting. Edited to add--apparently what they are testing now in school has little or no correlation to success in college, but non-cognitive variables in students have a high correlation to future success, both in college and in the workplace. In other words, all of our education policy now is not following the actual research.

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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 09:57 PM

1. William Sedlacek is the anti-testing guru

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=william+sedlacek&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Awilliam+sedlacek

From an Amazon review--

“With a fresh and integrated approach, Sedlacek’s book seeks to improve the evaluation process for all students, especially non-traditional students in higher education”
—Norbert S. Hill, Jr., executive director, American Indian Graduate Center, Oneida
“William E. Sedlacek has devoted his career to assessment of diverse populations using cognitive and noncognitive variables. He again provides the profession with important information based on his programmatic research and that of others. I recommend the book for assessment professionals.”
—Patricia B. Elmore, associate dean for administrative services and professor, College of Education and Human Services and professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, College of Education and Human Services, Southern Illinois University, and editor, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development

“This book should be required reading for all college personnel involved with admissions, recruitment, retention, and assessment.”
—John V. Fraire, dean, admission, Western Michigan Univer isty

“This must-read book emphasizes the use of noncognitive variables in admissions, teaching, advisement, and program evaluation, shifting the paradigm from an overdependency on the SAT and other big tests in higher education.”
—Shirley Hune, professor and associate dean, Graduate Programs, Graduate Division, University of California, Los Angeles

“Sedlacek has made a very significant contribution to scholarship on ‘non-cognitive predictors’ of the admissibility and performance of students of color in postsecondary education and to higher education policy. Readers should pay special attention to the chapter on the conceptual and research foundations for these critical noncognitive measures.”
—William T. Trent, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology, University of Illinois

“In this thought provoking book William Sedlacek not only accentuates the point that noncognitive variables can and should be used by college admissions offices, as they are better predictors of success among nontraditional college students, but he suggests ways that they can be used in advising, counseling, designing and evaluating programs and teaching. In my judgment, this book is a must-read for colleges and universities interested in diversifying their student bodies and improving the overall quality of campus life.”
—Donald Brown, director, AHANA Program, Boston College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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