Attentive pupils do better in their careers

Children who are attentive at a young age are likely to develop good work-oriented skills in later life, new research has suggested. Published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the study revealed youngsters who work well on their own and with others, have high levels of self-control and confidence and are able to effectively follow directions should go on to behave similarly in the workplace.

Dr Linda Pagini, a Professor and Researcher at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine, noted this progression is known as the developmental evolution of work-oriented skills from childhood to adulthood.

It was found that kids fall into three groups when it comes to attentiveness - high, medium and low classroom engagement - and it was demonstrated that boys, aggressive children and those with lower cognitive skills are more likely to be placed in the latter tier.

Dr Pagani added: "Our findings make a compelling case for early identification and treatment of attention problems, as early remediation represents the least costly form of intervention."

Elaine Douglas, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "The results from this piece of research don't surprise me.

"Part of my work is in higher education and business environments with people who have specific learning difficulties (Spld) including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

"These individuals often have attention and concentration issues (amongst other issues) and it can be very difficult for them to demonstrate their capabilities both from a study and a work point of view.

"When taking a history of their earlier education it is very noticeable that those whose problems were identified at an early age and who have been taught strategies to work round their difficulties are more confident and generally speaking perform better than those who did not get any help or support.

"In a work sense, individuals who have poor attention and concentration may feel less able to put themselves forward for promotion and may find that their colleagues believe them to be lazy and underperforming.

"More research into this re Spld and career development, for example, would be extremely useful."