Cognitive capital: the case for a construct

John Bynner, Michael Wadsworth


Cognitive functioning and its outcomes in educational performance and improved life chances  tends to rely on a model of human functioning derived from 19th century thinking about intelligence resting on fixed abilities. To match the requirements of the life course perspective on human development the concept of an accumulating asset, 'cognitive capital' has much to recommend it. The papers in this volume report results of cohort study data analyais at different life course stages around this theme. They make a major contribution to our understanding of the processes involved in the acquisition and outcomes of cognitive capital.    


cross-cohort; developmental psychology; longitudinal research

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