Pay attention! Why I think it is important to study attention in school children

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Mike Hobiss wrote this blog in 2017 because, in his opinion (and I agree), paying attention in school is important because:
1. Attention is the gateway to cognition
2. Attention directly impacts school attainment for ALL students
3. Attention may mediate other key variables which contribute to school success
4. Attention skills impact on happiness

The Hobbolog

cell_phoneAlthough I have written before about how attention develops throughout adolescence, it took reading this tweet this week to make me realise that I had never actually recorded why I think the study of attention in school-age children is important (and seemingly nor have many other people, given the tweet). Education is a hugely complex pursuit, with many variables contributing to any one outcome, so clearly any educational research programme needs to focus on a number of these strands concurrently. Despite this, I think that attention skills (specifically, the ability to control the focus of attention and resist distraction) are deserving of being a major strand of any such programme, for four main reasons:

  1. Attention is the gateway to cognition
  2. Attention directly impacts school attainment across the whole spectrum – not just at the lowest end
  3. Attention may mediate other key variables which contribute to school success
  4. Attention skills likely…

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