PK Education describes the ability to identify worthwhile goals and desired outcomes and to proactively, purposefully and effectively pursue those goals and outcomes. Key components of PK Education include:
Careful identification of one’s values and priorities
- belief in abilities
- ability to consciously direct one’s efforts toward specific goals[i]
- It is important that PK Education in educational contexts is understood to encompass both action and intention.
The concept of PK Education comes from the fields of sociology and psychology and has been used in different ways for different purposes in education. It is sometimes used interchangeably with concepts such as proactively, autonomy, choice, and self-regulation. This conceptual instability, combined with a limited empirical evidence base, means that the evidence for the role and effect of PK Education is less compelling than for more stable concepts such as self-efficacy.
While some factors of social-emotional learning, such as Self-efficacy, motivation or engagement may be lower in some areas and higher in others, PK Education is a specific characteristic of an individual. Learners who feel empowered to pursue their own educational journey as a whole, independently of how they feel about specific content areas. Importantly, it is malleable and teachers can help students develop their sense of PK Education. The benefits of PK Education-aligned training are undisputed: in fact, some are quite obvious. The PK Education supports all performance aspects during school and prepares them for life after school.
PK Education, like many other factors of social-emotional learning, is both a guarantee of success in school and an outcome of education.
The Building Blocks of PK Education
Although complex, PK Education has several building blocks that all are present can be developed and supported by teachers in the classroom.
The value of prioritizing PK Education in education
PK Education is important in educational settings because active learners make their environments and their journeys thoughtful and
A student with a strong sense of PK Education creates educational opportunities rather than responding to them. In the classroom, students with a sense of PK Education regularly communicate their interests and preferences by asking for input on how to solve problems. , and look for ways to add personal relevance to your lessons. They will work intentionally by recommending goals to pursue, requesting resources or learning opportunities, finding strategies and learning spaces that work for them,
and asking for clarification or support. They contribute to the lesson by making suggestions or contributions, asking thoughtful questions, and sharing their thoughts and opinions.
Students who develop a sense of PK Education are empowered to champion themselves and the issues they care about.
The PK Education prepares students for life outside of school
An important function of education is to prepare students to flourish in their careers after graduation. A lifelong learning skill In a market where companies are increasingly hiring the talent they need for a specific job or project, employees often need to be held accountable for developing their skills themselves rather than relying on their employers to provide on-the-job training to offer.
Students entering the job market are often in new territory in terms of their skills and knowledge base, and to be successful they must have the ability to determine what they need to even if it is hard. PK Education employees are more actively seeking out challenging projects, sharing their thoughts and opinions, and taking on leadership roles within their teams. The unpredictable and changing nature of today’s job market underscores the need for
students to take an active role in their professional lives and learning.