Workshop: The role of “soft skills” in life outcomes of children and young people
Tuesday 14th June 10.00am – 4.50pm
The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), the University of Sheffield
‘Soft skills’, such as emotional intelligence, social/interpersonal skills, and sense of agency are increasingly being identified as important factors in explaining various life outcomes; these include (mental and physical) health outcomes directly, and outcomes, that then affect health indirectly, including educational achievements, earnings, subjective wellbeing, and a variety of risky behaviours (crime, drug abuse and alcohol consumption etc.). The available evidence indicates that while the foundations for soft skills develop during early life, they remain malleable over the life cycle. Therefore, research that focuses on soft skills – their measurement, outcomes, and development –is likely to be particularly important in shaping an effective public policy agenda in this area. This workshop is an interdisciplinary collaboration, which will provide an interactive platform for active researchers and policy-makers, from a range of backgrounds and institutions, with an interest in child development and soft skills.
Download the speaker presentations
- Leon Feinstein, Early Intervention Foundation – ‘We know social and emotional skills matter. What should be done about it?’
- Michael Daly, University of Stirling – ‘Childhood self-control and economic and health outcomes across life.’ (PDF 5420 KB)
- Richard Rowe, University of Sheffield – ‘Child and adolescent antisocial trajectories and adult outcomes: The role of onset, off set and persistence’ (PDF 232KB)
- Barbara Maughan, Kings College London – ‘Self-control and antisocial behaviour across the life course: a developmental perspective’
- Pia Pinger, University of Bonn – ‘Take me on your shoulders! The effect of child mentoring on education outcomes’ (PDF 774 KB)
- Praveetha Patalay, Institute of Education, UCL – ‘Emotional difficulties, behavioural problems and academic out-comes: developmentally linked or not?’
We are grateful to the Wellcome Trust for funding and supporting this event.
The workshop will include the following keynote speakers:
Professor Leon Feinstein, is the Director of Evidence at The Early Intervention Foundation and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion. He previously worked at the Cabinet Office’s Implementation Unit as chief analyst and at the Treasury’s Performance and Reform Unit. His work has largely focused on the importance of early intervention in child development.
Professor Barbara Maughan, is a Professor of Developmental Epidemiology at the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, at Kings College London. Her research focuses on mental health problems in children and adolescents, and antisocial behaviour among adolescent and youths.
Places are limited and registration is required.
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