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Academic Achievement

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Educational; Scholastic; School performance/achievement

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Academic Achievement is the progress made towards the goal of acquiring educational skills, materials, and knowledge, usually spanning a variety of disciplines. It refers to achievement in academic settings rather than general acquisition of knowledge in non-academic settings.

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Unlike typical forms of achievement, academic achievement is usually viewed without a definitive endpoint. Rather, the concept is understood as a spectrum along which one can “achieve” certain skills and knowledge, always with the possibility of further developing those skills and increasing the depth, breadth, and specificity of knowledge.

Academic achievement revolves around the central goal of improving the educational knowledge of the students. Because of this goal, the measurement of achievement is often criticized for maintaining a focus on content knowledge rather than problem-solving or product-fashioning skills across...

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Bolt, N. (2011). Academic Achievement. In: Goldstein, S., Naglieri, J.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_20

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