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This study reports the importance 244 parents of six-year-old children living in Singapore placed on cognitive ( problem-solving and creativity ) and non-cognitive ( practical school skills and conforming ) behaviours. The research team hypothesised that, as the age of the parent increased, the importance placed on each covariant skill ( problem solving, creativity, practical, conformity ) would differ. It was further hypothesised that the importance placed on cognitive skills compared with noncognitive skills for six-year-old children would decrease. The authors' results indicate that, when controlling for demographics, as parents aged they did place different levels of importance on each of the cognitive skills but not the non-cognitive skills. Furthermore, older parents placed less importance on cognitive compared with non- cognitive skills. The gap between average cognitive rating and average non-cognitive scores decreased as parents' age increased. This gap was found to be smaller for Chinese than non-Chinese parents. It decreased with age when controlling for child gender and parent ethnicity, gender and occupation. [Author abstract]

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