Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2021, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (9): 77-92.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2021.09.005

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Open-mindedness: Report on the Study on Social and Emotional Skills of Chinese Adolescence (IV)

Zhifang Shao1, Zhi Liu2, Shuyu Yang1, Zhongjing Huang2   

  1. 1. School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
    2. Department of Education, Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Online:2021-09-20 Published:2021-08-17


Open-mindedness is one of the five dimensions of social and emotional skills under the research framework of OECD. It includes three skills: tolerance, curiosity and creativity. Based on the data of 10-year-old and 15-year-old students’ participation in OECD’s study on Social and Emotional Skills in Suzhou, this report presents the open-mindedness performance of Suzhou students by using descriptive statistics, difference test and regression analysis. The study finds that there are considerable gaps on open-mindedness scores with respect to age and gender, school location (urban vs. rural), and high school stream (general vs. vocational). Open-mindedness is significantly affected by background, student, teacher, school, and family-related factors; it has a significant impact on life outcome variables. Therefore, the cultivation of students’ open-mindedness needs more scientific and accurate policy support.

Key words: open-mindedness, tolerance, curiosity, creativity, study on social and emotional skills(SSES)