See why noncognitive skills are increasingly viewed as important for employment selection, career training, outcomes assessment, professional development/enhancement, succession planning and more.

In this paper, published by Asia Society and Professional Examination Service, the authors explore the Big Five personality factors. These factors, the authors write, can act as a Rosetta Stone to "translate" the various concepts and terms used among and between researchers and practitioners, economists and businesspeople, and policymakers in education systems in different countries. Interpreting critical noncognitive educational outcomes through the lens of the Big Five tethers them to the hundreds—thousands even—of psychological research studies conducted in the past two decades.

The conclusion of this research is clear and compelling: these noncognitive traits matter.


A Rosetta Stone for Noncognitive Skills:

  • Describes the Big Five factors
  • How they were determined
  • How they have been demonstrated to be universal across different ages and consistent across different countries and cultures
  • Reviews past approaches to assessment of these skills
  • Considers the related challenges and possible solutions