Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2021, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (9): 33-46.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2021.09.002

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Task Performance: Report on the Study on Social and Emotional Skills of Chinese Adolescence (I)

Xingyuan Gao1, Hongyan Chen2, Jie Wu1, Zhongjing Huang1   

  1. 1. Department of Education, Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062
    2. Institute of International and Comparative Education, Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062
  • Online:2021-09-20 Published:2021-08-17


Task performance is an important part of social and emotional skills. Under the research framework of OECD, it includes three skills: self-control, responsibility and persistence. Based on the data of 10-year-old and 15-year-old students’ participation in OECD Social and Emotional Skills Study in Suzhou, the current paper presents the task performance results of Suzhou students by using descriptive statistics, difference test and regression analysis. The study finds that self-control, responsibility and persistence are significantly related to other skills, and there are significant differences in age and gender, between urban and rural areas, and between general high schools and vocational high schools. Task performance is significantly affected by the relevant factors of background, students, teachers, school and family. It has a significant impact on life outcome variables such as health, well-being, satisfaction, test anxiety, closeness to family and closeness to others. Based on the findings, we make several recommendations for school educators, policy makers and researchers.

Key words: task performance: self-control, responsibility, persistence, conscientiousness, study on social and emotional skills, ?