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Facets of life skills education – a systematic review

Monika Bansal (Faculty of Management Studies, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, India)
Surbhi Kapur (Faculty of Management Studies, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, India)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 22 August 2022

Issue publication date: 28 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to review the existing theories and literature related to life skills education for adolescents to construct a model portraying the inter-relatedness between these variables. This study discerns the inferences from the studies conducted earlier to propose various aspects to be considered for future research and interventions targeting the effectiveness of life skills education for adolescents.

Design/methodology/approach

Prolific examination of numerous theoretical and empirical studies addressing these variables was carried out to formulate assertions and postulations. Deducing from the studies in varied streams of education, public health, psychology, economics and international development, this paper is an endeavor toward clarifying some pertinent issues related to life skills education.

Findings

Although there is abundant evidence to encourage and assist the development of life skills as a tool to achieve other outcomes of interest, it is also important to see life skills as providing both instrumental and ultimate value to adolescents. Quality life skills education needs to be intertwined with the curriculum through the primary and secondary education, in the same way as literacy and numeracy skills.

Originality/value

The present study has important implications for educators and policymakers for designing effective life skills education programs. Additionally, this paper provides a three-step model based on Lewin’s three step prototype for change, to impart life skills trainings to adolescents through drafting pertinent systems. This will help in imparting quality life skills education to adolescents and raising them to be psychologically mature adults.

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Citation

Bansal, M. and Kapur, S. (2023), "Facets of life skills education – a systematic review", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 281-295. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-04-2022-0095

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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