YEAR 2020

Back to news archive

Forum on Educational Policy 2019: “Education needs more than just a clever mind”


In addition to cognitive abilities, socioemotional competencies play a decisive role in educational success. Experts from science, politics, administration, and educational practice discuss the latest state of research in this field at the Forum on Educational Policy held in Berlin on October 23, 2019. The symposium is organized by the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN), of which the LIfBi is a member.

The term socioemotional competencies covers a whole range of skills. These include, for example, the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with other people, to recognize and regulate one's own emotions, to make constructive contributions to community and society, to cultivate motivation for learning and curiosity, or to set one's own goals and pursue them consistently. In contrast to cognitive competencies, they are sometimes referred to as "noncognitive abilities". Other terms used are "soft skills", "character strengths", and "21st-century skills".

The Forum on Educational Policy 2019 highlights the importance of socioemotional competencies for academic and professional success. The event is divided into several lectures and forums led by two main questions:

  1. How can socioemotional competencies contribute to learning and educational success?
  2. How are socioemotional competencies themselves influenced by education—and how can their development be promoted in a specific way?

From this basis, perspectives and implications are derived for educational policy and work in day-care centers, schools, and other educational areas.  

The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), the GESIS ̶ Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education are the three members of the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) who are responsible for the content of this year’s program. LIfBi Director Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt leads Forum II "Development of socioemotional competencies in educational contexts and interventions".


> Go to program (German only)

The lectures were broadcast here live on October 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The  Forum on Educational Policy is one of numerous activities in the field of knowledge transfer, a key task of this research alliance. The forum facilitates the discussion of current challenges in the education system, to which empirical research contributes by raising awareness and facilitating knowledge-informed action in an attempt to overcome these challenges.

> About the research alliance

(Photos: LIfBi)