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Improved Learning in U.S. History and Decision Competence with Decision-Focused Curriculum
Published: Friday, September 21, 2012
Author: David Jacobson et al.

by David Jacobson, Andrew Parker, Chris Spetzler, Wandi Bruine de Bruin, Keith Hollenbeck, David Heckerman, Baruch Fischhoff

Decision making is rarely taught in high school, even though improved decision skills could benefit young people facing life-shaping decisions. While decision competence has been shown to correlate with better life outcomes, few interventions designed to improve decision skills have been evaluated with rigorous quantitative measures. A randomized study showed that integrating decision making into U.S. history instruction improved students’ history knowledge and decision-making competence, compared to traditional history instruction. Thus, integrating decision training enhanced academic performance and improved an important, general life skill associated with improved life outcomes.