What is it about?
Effective decision making is a life skill. Adolescence is a key developmental period for strengthening the brain circuits that underlie effective decision-making skills. School presents an ideal environment for direct instruction and frequent practice of decision-making skills. We have developed a learning curriculum that involves active student participation to strengthen decision-making skills via a wide variety of content-specific classwork.
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Why is it important?
Using this curriculum, students show evidence of improved decision-making skills, including increased consideration of the number of factors that are relevant to their decision, the resources needed to make a particular decision, and both the short-term and long-term consequences of decisions.
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This page is a summary of: Development and Testing of a Curriculum to Improve
Skills in Middle and High School Students, Mind Brain and Education, November 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/mbe.12339.
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