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Identifying key non-cognitive attributes of Initial Teacher Training candidates

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Non-cognitive attributes (i.e., interpersonal skills, psychological characteristics) have been highlighted as a key area of importance in the selection of teacher candidates in the UK (Donaldson Report, 2010; House of Commons Education Committee, 2012). Non-cognitive attributes are currently assessed non-systematically through evaluation of personal statements and observation of behavior during the interview process. In this talk I discuss new theory- and evidence-based approaches to assess non-cognitive attributes in the selection of teacher training candidates (and teachers) in the UK and internationally.

Bio Rob Klassen studies student and teacher motivation and engagement. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Psychology in Education Research Centre at the University of York, and an Adjunct (Full) Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada. He is Associate Editor for the APA Journal of Educational Psychology and BPS British Journal of Educational Psychology. In 2012 Klassen was awarded the Richard Snow Research Award from the American Psychological Association and has previously been awarded the APA Paul Pintrich Award, the ATA Educational Research Award, and the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal. Klassen has degrees from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Outside of the UK, he is involved in research projects in Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, and Oman.

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